Eye-witnesses and Syrian detainees at the “Derek” Camp in Turkey have reported that a female child was killed and nine others injured during a rally organised on Monday (17/8/2015) in protest against the length of time for which they had been imprisoned and the lack of clarity for the reasons behind their detention. One of the detainees related that, “the female child was killed when the Turkish Ganderma forces disengaged the rally organised by the detainees via tear gas, and which also injured nine others whom the camp hospital refused to take in”.
The detainee who had come to Turkey via Ar-Raqqah city clarified that he was stopped with a group of Syrian youth in the Turkish state of Ezmir nine days ago. They were then taken to the police station, and were later transferred to the “seventh section” of Derek Camp, with no clarifications as to why they were arrested.
Another detainee in the camp said that the “number of detainees in the camp reached over 1050 Syrians, among them women and children.” He also indicated the poor services within the camp, with the “Turkish authorities placing detainees in tents not designed for living, which don’t contain toilets, and do not provide sufficient food and meals”; also pointing out the lack of communication from official bodies and human rights organisations with those detained in the camp, according to what he said.
SHRC points out to the Turkish authorities these violations, and calls upon them to improve the living conditions and treatment of the detainees in the same manner as the rest of the refugees. SHRC also calls for an investigation into the death of the child and that those responsible are tried at court.