Relatives of disappeared ask about the fate of Hamide and Ramazan Şanlı

DİYARBAKIR –Action called “Disappeared people should be found, the perpetrators must be tried” has continued in its 445th day. Relatives of disappeared people asked about the fate of Ramazan Şarlı and Hamide Şarlı, who were taken into custody on December 24, 1993 in the Ulusoy village of Bitlis’ Tatvan district and no information has been received about them since then.

The action launched by the Relatives of Disappeared People and Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch every week took place for 445th time. A banner reading, “Disappeared people should be found, the perpetrators must be tried” was unfurled during the action held at Conference Hall of the İHD Diyarbakır Branch.

‘Our action has been banned for a year’

İHD Branch Chairperson Raci Bilici commented on political process and war policies in Turkey and Kurdistan and he underlined once again that war brings nothing to anyone. Raci pointed out that their action is prevented to be organized outside and he added, “You cannot cover the facts, they will be uncovered at the end. The action we organized in front of Human Rights Monument in Koşuyolu Park every week has been banned on ground of OHAL (state of emergency) and we have organized our action in the closed area for a year. This unlawfulness should be ended immediately.”

After the talk of Raci, İHD Commission for the Disappeared member Hasan Yalçın read the story of Ramazan Şarlı and Hamide Şarlı, who were taken into custody on December 24, 1993 in the Ulusoy village of Bitlis’ Tatvan district and no information has been received about them since then; “Special forces members, covered their faces, launched an operation in Ulusoy district after a clash. Special forces members raided the home of Hamide Şarlı and tried to take her into custody. Hamide’s brother Ramazan didn’t want his sister to be taken into custody alone and he asked to be taken into custody with his sister. The siblings were detained and put into an armored vehicle in front of all villagers. Their family applied to all police stations in the region for them; however, they have had any news from them.”

A criminal complaint was filed against the officers of Ulusoy Police Station in 1993. The Prosecutor completed the investigation of two siblings, who had been taken into custody in front of all villagers, and decided that there is no need to investigate the incident on the ground that “there is no witnesses” after two years.