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Fatma Uyar

What does it mean to be an female activist under the AKP/MHP regime? What does it mean to be a woman in search of freedom and justice, love and peace? That one puts one’s life on the line, just like Fatma Uyar and her two friends…

Fatma Uyar was born on 28 August 1988 in the village of Duhok on the outskirts of Gabar as the second child of a family of 7 children. After Fatma’s birth, her family moved to the centre of Sirnak, where they still live today. In the 2000s Fatma got to know the political resistance movement there and joined it. She initially continued to work as an active member of the youth movement. In 2009 Fatma was arrested and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. One year after her arrest, her father Resit Uyar was also arrested and sent to prison. Fatma and her father Resit were in the same prison in Mardin until Fatma was transferred to Siirt prison after a year and a half spent there. Until her release, she spent 3.5 years in Siirt prison. After her release in 2010, she returned to political work and was most recently involved in the work of KJA.

Silopi, Southeastern Turkey

04 January 2016

On 4 January 2016 during the curfew in the Silopi district of Sirnak, three Kurdish women politicians were murdered. Sêve Demir of the DBP (Party of Democratic Districts); Fatma Uyar of the KJK (Congress of Free Women) and Pakize Nayir (President of the Silopi People’s Assembly) were executed in cold blood. These women had planned to move from the “Karsiyaka” quarter to the “Yesilyurt” quarter in order to actively help the civilian population there. A Turkish tank targeted these women and their bodies waited for hours for an ambulance to pick them up. The ambulance did not arrive and they died as a result of serious injuries.

Current legal situation
In recent years a “restriction decision” has been taken on the file that was established. It is reported that there are photographs and recordings of it, but the lawyers have been forbidden any access to the file, so it is always unclear whether a legal development is taking place.

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