81. Helin Hasret Sen

Helin Hasret Sen lived in the Sur district of Diyarbakir and was 12 years old. She was the oldest of three children in her family and attended secondary school.

Diyarbakir/Sur, Southeastern Turkey

October 12, 2015

12-year-old Helin Hasret Sen had left the house on October 12, 2015 during the curfew in Diyarbakir/Sur to go and buy bread. She was shot from an armored cobra vehicle. She was reportedly murdered by a police bullet.

Current legal situation
In the last hearing of the trial in June 2020, it was decided to suspend the trial against the accused police officer Abdullah E. for negligent murder. The reason for this was that “no investigation permission” was obtained in this case. The legal commission of the IHD (Human Rights Association) pursued this case and appealed to the second Supreme Criminal Court of Diyarbakir. In the appeal lodged, it was argued that the suspension of the trial due to a lack of “investigative permission” made the case lengthy and violated the obligation of an effective investigation.

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