Six convicted for commemorating killing of 12-year-old Kurdish boy

Uğur Kaymaz

Back in 2004 Uğur Kaymaz, a 12-year old Kurdish boy, was shot 13 times by undercover Turkish security police outside his home in Kızıltepe between Mardin and the Syrian border. The police then shot Ahmet Kaymaz, the boy’s father.

Police were acquitted of the crime of excessive force a few years later. The Eskişehir Court ruled that the police action was within the limits of self-defence.

Now six years later, Uğur’s uncle Reşat Kaymaz and five others, have been sentenced to one year in prison for commemorating the deaths of Ahmet and Uğur.

The six who were convicted (Fara Akbulut, Deniz Yüksel, Engin Ayaydın, Adil Başaran, Reşat Kaymaz and Hasan Budak) had attended a commemoration ceremony for Ahmet and Uğur Kaymaz at the cemetery. They put up posters of the father and the son and organised a protest march from the city centre to their graves where they had a minute of silence, sang Kurdish marches and chanted slogans such as ‘Uğur and Ahmet are in the grave, the murderers are out there.’ This, according to the Diyarbakır 6th High Criminal Court, is propaganda in favour of the PKK and a violation of Article 7 of the country’s Anti-Terror Law.

Haydar Akboga, a Kurdish artist now living in London, painted a representation of the death of Uğur Kaymaz in 2006.

The defendants did not attend the hearing and were notified of the outcome via mail.

The police were acquitted for shooting an unarmed 12-year-old boy in the back and then killing his father. But friends and family will be sent to prison for remembering the victims of this crime. Where is the justice?

‘Everyone but the killers has received a sentence,’ said Human Rights Association ( İHK) District Chairman Erdal Kuzu. He also said the Anti-Terrorism Law was used effectively to prevent people from speaking about such instances and restricted freedoms of thought and the freedom of speech.

Recently a case was brought against family members of Aydın Erdem for putting an inscription on Aydın’s headstone in Kurdish. This too, say prosecutors, is terrorist propaganda.

2 thoughts on “Six convicted for commemorating killing of 12-year-old Kurdish boy

  1. Barbarism at its worst, Everywhere in the world crimes are committed, but nowhere can one find such savagery done against humanity in broad light in front of the world without anyone objecting at all, the more you think of it the more you find yourself helpless and more frustrated you get by this bitter reality Kurds have to live in.

  2. Turkish authorities are pushing it too far, and soon it will backfire. Unfortunately, Human Rights are far from being a reality in Turkey. I myself believe that there is still hope for coexistence, but each day that passes it becomes less of a possibility.

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