Denial of parents’ right to bury their children: Özer

Background

In Gülbahar Özer and Yusuf Özer v Turkey [2018] ECHR (no. 64406/09), the applicants were sister and brother. Their respective children, Sibel Sartık and Nergiz Özer, aged 24 and 15, were killed by soldiers on 19 January 2005 in southeast Turkey. When they tried four days later to take their children’s bodies for burial in the city of Siirt, they were stopped by soldiers and the bodies confiscated because the local governor had ordered that they be buried elsewhere on account of disturbances in Siirt cemetery. The local authorities eventually buried them in Eruh in the early hours of the following morning, without a religious ceremony. Continue reading