List of dismissed and imprisoned Kurdish mayors in Turkey

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NO Mayors Municipalities Situation Imprisoned date
1 Sara KAYA Nusaybin, Mardin Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 31/08/2015
2 Zeynep ŞIPÇIK Dargeçit, Mardin Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 30/03/2016
3 Nazmi ÇUŞKON Merkez, Hakkari Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 27/04/2016
4 Burhan KOCAMAN Karakoçan, Elazığ Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 27.01.2016/ 29.09.2016
5 Cennet AYIK Karakoçan, Elazığ Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 27.01.2016/ 29.09.2016
6 Selim KURBANOĞLU Yenişehir, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Detained 26/02/2016
7 Gültan KIŞANAK Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 25/10/2016
8 Fırat ANLI Büyükşehir Belediyesi, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 25/10/2016
9 Zülfiye KAŞMIR Dicle, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Detained 25/08/2016
10 Ahmet TOLOĞ Silopi, Şırnak Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 24/08/2016
11 Sevil Rojbin ÇETIN Edremit, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 24/08/2015
12 Dilek HATIPOĞLU Hakkari, Hakkari Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 23/08/2015
13 Nurullah ÇIFTÇI Hakkari, Hakkari Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 23/08/2015
14 Eda KILIS Eruh, Siirt Dismissed, Detained 23/03/2016
15 Sabahat ÇETINKAYA Derik, Mardin Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 22/02/2016
16 Nuri AKMAN Sırtköy, Şırnak Dismissed, Detained 22/01/2016
17 Mehmet Muhdi ASLAN İdil, Şırnak Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2016
18 Zilan ALDATMAZ Saray, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2016
19 Hidayet TIRYAKI İkiköprü, Batman Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2015
20 Mustafa ÖZTÜRK Beşiri, Batman Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2015
21 Osman KARABULUT İkiköprü, Batman Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2015
22 Gülcemal ERDINÇ Balpınar, Batman Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2015
23 Gülistan AKEL Batman, Batman Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/09/2015
24 Sabri ÖZDEMIR Merkez, Batman Dismissed, Detained 21/09/2015
25 Figen YAŞAR Bulanık, Muş Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 21/04/2016
26 Şengül ERKMEN Digor, Kars Dismissed, Detained 19/11/2015
27 Ekrem BINGÜL Digor, Kars Dismissed, Detained 19/11/2015
28 Fazıl TÜRK Akdeniz, Mersin Dismissed, Detained 18/11/2015
29 Ahmet TÜRK Mardin, Mardin Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 17/11/2016
30 Nevin OYMAN GIRASUN İdil, Şırnak Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 16/08/2016
31 Sadiye SÜRER Kulp, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Detained 15/08/2016
32 Seyfettin AYDEMIR Silopi, Şırnak Dismissed, Detained 15/02/2016
33 Abdurrahman ÇAĞAN Erciş, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 15.10.2015/ 28.04.2016
34 Hasan Basri FIRAT Hınıs, Erzurum Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 14/10/2015
35 Mustafa ALPARSLAN Diyadin, Ağrı Dismissed, Detained 14/07/2016
36 Necla YILDIRIM Mazıdağı, Mardin Dismissed, Detained 13/08/2016
37 Adile KOZAY Yüksekova, Hakkari Dismissed, Detained 13/08/2016
38 Hüsnü BEŞER Yüksekova, Hakkari Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 13/04/2016
39 Diba KESKIN Erciş, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/10/2015
40 Şaziye ÖNDER Iğdır, Iğdır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/10/2015
41 Mehmet GÜLTEKIN Tuzluca, Iğdır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/10/2015
42 Ali ÇAM Hoşhaber, Iğdır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/10/2015
43 Rohat ÖZBAY Doğubeyazıt, Ağrı Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/09/2015
44 Şerafettin ÖZALP Özalp, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 12/07/2016
45 Leyla İMRET Cizre, Şırnak Dismissed, Detained 12.09.2015 / 18.11.2015 / 22.01.2016/ 11.09.2016
46 Fatma YILDIZ Merkez, Hakkari Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 11/04/2016
47 Servin KARAKOÇ Ovakışla, Bitlis Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 09/10/2016
48 Ahmet DEMIR Ovakışla, Bitlis Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 09/10/2016
49 Handan BAĞCI Özalp, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 09/10/2015
50 Seyran ARĞAN Beytüşşebap, Şırnak Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 09/06/2016
51 Abdurrahman ZORLU Hani, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 08/09/2016
52 Hüseyin KILIÇ Eruh, Siirt Dismissed, Detained 08/09/2015
53 Tülay KARACA Tekman, Erzurum Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 07/09/2016
54 Kasım AĞGÜN Hoşhaber, Iğdır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 06/03/2016
55 Ali ÖZKAN Mazıdağı, Mardin Dismissed, Detained 05/11/2015
56 Aygün TAŞKIN Ergani, Diyarbakır Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 05/04/2016
57 Rahmi ÇELIK Bulanık, Muş Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 05/01/2016
58 Hazal ARAS Diyadin, Ağrı Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 03/03/2016
59 Evin KEVE Çatak, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 03/01/2016
60 Safure GÜNEŞ Muradiye, Van Dismissed, Detained 02/03/2016
61 Emrah GÜLTAŞ Muradiye, Van Dismissed, Detained 02/03/2016
62 Emine ESMER Silopi, Şırnak Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 02.01.2016/ 23.02.2016/ 03.03.2016
63 Suna ATABAY Çaldıran, Van Dismissed, Arrested, Detained 01/11/2016
64 Orhan ŞANSAL Suruç, Urfa Dismissed, Detained 01/01/2016
65 Seferi YILMAZ Şemdinli, Hakkari Dismissed
66 Servet TUNÇ Çukurca, Hakkari Dismissed
67 Zeynel TAŞ Bozova, Şanlıurfa Dismissed
68 Fatma ŞIK BARUT Sur, Diyarbakır Dismissed
69 Leyla SALMAN Kızıltepe, Mardin Dismissed
70 Sırrı SAKIK Ağrı, Ağrı Dismissed
71 Hüseyin OLAN Bitlis, Bitlis Dismissed
72 Seyit NARIN Sur, Diyarbakır Dismissed
73 Özlem KUTLU Kumçatı, Şırnak Dismissed
74 Mukaddes KUBİLAY Ağrı, Ağrı Dismissed
75 Mehmet Sait KARABAKAN Karayazı, Erzurum Dismissed
76 Serhat KADIRHAN Şırnak, Şırnak Dismissed
77 Emin IRMAK Artuklu, Mardin Dismissed
78 Hüseyin GÜNEŞ Varto, Muş Dismissed
79 Harun ERKUŞ Lice, Diyarbakır Dismissed
80 Abdulkerim ERDEM Derik, Mardin Dismissed
81 Sabite EKİNCİ Varto, Muş Dismissed
82 Mehmet Sinan BURUN Viranşehir, Şanlıurfa Dismissed
83 Yüksel BODAKÇI Silvan, Diyarbakır Dismissed
84 Zeynep Han BİNGÖL Karayazı, Erzurum Dismissed
85 Ülkü BAYTAŞ Yenişehir, Diyarbakır Dismissed
86 Mustafa BAYRAM Halfeti, Şanlıurfa Dismissed
87 Tuncer BAKIRHAN Siirt, Siirt Dismissed
88 Mehmet Ali AYDIN Kayapınar, Diyarbakır Dismissed
89 İsmail Asi Kızıltepe, Mardin Dismissed
90 Nurhayat ALTUN Merkez, Tunceli Dismissed
91 Halil AKBAŞ Suruç, Şanlıurfa Dismissed
92 Gurbet TEKIN Savur, Mardin Dismissed
93 Melikşah TEKE Silvan, Diyarbakır Dismissed
94 Abdulkerim SAYAN Edremit, Van Dismissed
95 Nizamettin ÖZDEN Diyadin, Ağrı Dismissed
96 Eylem Özlem ONUK Şırnak, Şırnak Dismissed
97 Kadir KUNUR Cizre, Şırnak Dismissed
98 Abdulkerim KAYA Gercüş, Batman Dismissed
99 Mehmet Ali BUL Tunceli, Tunceli Dismissed
100 Aygül BIDAV İpekyolu, Van Dismissed

The Turkish government is carrying out a massive crackdown on democratically elected Kurdish mayors.

The elected Kurds are thus dismissed from their posts under the charge of "links with the PKK" without any form of trial or judgment. They are replaced by trustees appointed by the Turkish government in defiance of universal suffrage and municipal freedoms.

According to a settlement of 2.12.2016, 47 Kurdish mayors are currently held in Turkish prisons, often in the Turkish cities of the west of the country, located hundreds of kilometers away from Kurdistan. Thus, Ms. Gultan Kisanak, mayor of the Kurdish capital Diyarbakir, 1,800,000 inhabitants, is imprisoned in an isolation cell of the high security prison of Kocaeli, more than a thousand kilometers away from her city. The Turkish prosecutors are demanding 285 years' imprisonment for Ms. Kisanak.