Monthly Archives: December 2015

A Preliminary Report: Civilians Who Have Lost Their Lives In The Blockades In Turkey

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The recent curfews imposed in eastern Turkey have no legal and constitutional basis. These curfews have been imposed through the unrestricted use of the administrative authority of provincial and district governors, who are appointed, not elected, officials. These curfews whose claimed aims are public order and security have led to the terrorisation of the public, to the killing of civilians by the security forces, to the destruction of cultural heritage sites, and to the ruining of the cities. 
The curfews, actually blockades, the first of which was imposed on 16th of August in Varto, are still retained in the three districts of Cizre, Silopi, and Sur. Since then dozens of neighborhoods in twenty districts of seven cities have been under curfew. This has involved 56 separate declarations of curfews totalling 253 days. Many of these blockades have continued in practice even after official declaration of the end of the curfew. During the most recent blockades in five districts, 56 people have lost their lives: Continue reading

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Urgent Appeal of Faysal Sarıyıldız on the Curfews Implemented by the Turkish Government

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Urgent Appeal
                                                                                                                26 September 2015

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to you from a geography where artillery shells fired from tanks fall next to us, where cruelty of war and violence, all forms of brutality have become daily routine for a longtime and where weapons and death have consumed relevance of all words. For days and months now; there is a de facto martial law in place and fundamental human rights and freedoms are suspended. People are literally imprisoned in their basements, their houses torn down under artillery fire, people are showered by bullets, shot and killed by snipers in the middle of the streets.  Their bodies are left on the streets and could not be picked up for days neither by medical workers nor their families. The name of this geography is Kurdistan. Continue reading

Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action

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Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities

In the course of armed conflict that restarted in the Kurdish region of Turkey after general elections in June 2015, 186 civilians most of which are women or children have died so far, hundreds of them were injured and thousands of people were arrested. Concerning co-mayors who are members of our union, 17 of them are now arrested while 25 of them were suspended from their duty and 6 of them were issued arrest warrants since July 2015. In order to end human rights violations in our region, there is an urgent need for revitalizing peace talks for resolution of Kurdish question in Turkey. Continue reading

Urgent Call for Solidarity and Action

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T.C. Union of Southeastern Anatolia Region Municipalities

In the course of armed conflict that restarted in the Kurdish region of Turkey after general elections in June 2015, 186 civilians most of which are women or children have died so far, hundreds of them were injured and thousands of people were arrested. Concerning co-mayors who are members of our union, 17 of them are now arrested while 25 of them were suspended from their duty and 6 of them were issued arrest warrants since July 2015. In order to end human rights violations in our region, there is an urgent need for revitalizing peace talks for resolution of Kurdish question in Turkey. Continue reading

Our Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtaş on Twitter about Murder of Tahir Elçi

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Mr. Prime Minister, have you investigated the crime scene? How you could say “PKK did it” right after the incident? Was it not you who declared curfew at the crime scene and hindered the investigation in person?

You’ve said “if he were alive…”, he WAS alive 4 days ago and you were too busy lynching him through your media/judicial army. What is clear from the recording and testimonies is that there was nobody shooting near Mr. Elçi except the police. Why are you ignoring this? Continue reading