Monthly Archives: February 2016

Urgent Action: Call for International Organizations for Sur

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I am a member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey for the province of Diyarbakir and am writing this letter to you from the central district of Sur currently under heavy bombardment of the Turkish armed forces. For the past six months, since August 2015, six indefinite round-the-clock curfews have been declared in Sur in line with Turkeys ruling AKP Government’s remilitarized strategy of subdoing the Kurdish Peoples political demands and agency. The yet final one of these round-the-clock curfews, which has been in effect since December 11, 2015, has claimed the lives of over a hundred civilian people, the shelling of whole neighborhoods, the destruction of built heritage sites and the forced displacement of tens thousands of Sur residents.
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Declaration of the Conference of European Left Parties in Amed on the 21th of February 2016

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We as Kurdish, Turkish and European left and democratic forces stand together in our fight for democracy, peace, diversity and social justice.

We are gathered here today to call on the Turkish Government to stop the massacres and killings of civilians in the besieged Kurdish cities. Civilian woman and children are the ones suffering the most from this brutal policy. We call on the Turkish government to stop the curfew and allow for access to the besieged cities. The grave violations of basic human rights must be stopped and an international commission must be set up in order to secure that the responsible for war crimes will be prosecuted. Continue reading

Urgent Call: Dont Let Tomorrow Be Too Late for Sur!

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The indefinite, round-the-clock curfews that the AKP government has declared in Turkeys Kurdish provinces since August 16, 2015 continue to deepen the emergency situation that undermines basic human rights and freedoms in the region, including the right to live and personal safety. As of today, curfews have been effective in seven provinces and twenty counties for a total of 395 days. This curfew policy directly and clearly violates imperative provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey as well as basic principles of international humanitarian law, first and foremost the provisions of Geneva Convention for the protection of civilians in war and conflict zones. The last and most destructive example of systematic violence and massacre threats under the curfew rule occurred in the town of Cizre, Şırnak province, before the eyes of indifferent Turkish and international publics: at least 165 civilians who had taken refuge in the basements of residential buildings amidst military operations were bombarded to death by Turkish security forces. Continue reading

Letter of Şırnak MP Faysal Sarıyıldız to the ECHR

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To the European Court of Human Rights,

In the Cizre District of Şırnak Province, Turkey, a curfew has been declared on Dec. 14th, 2015, under the name “struggle against terrorism”, with the order of the central government and the decision of the Governorate of Şırnak. While the curfew is incongruent to the Constitution of Turkey, national legislation and the international convents to which Turkey is a party, it has resulted in severe violations of civilians’ right to life, health, education, transportation and travel. Government forces have been committing crimes against humanity in Cizre. Throughout the curfews, human rights law has been violated. Almost all mechanisms of a humane law have been denied.
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Letter to Mr. Tusk, Mr. Juncker and Mrs. Merkel

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To the President of European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk
To the President of European Commission, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker
To the Chancellor of Germany, Mrs. Angela Merkel,

We have been closely following how war and conflicts taking place both in Middle East and Turkey affect Europe directly. The humanitarian devastation caused by war and tragedies occurring as a result necessitates an effective cooperation of international communities.
Particularly in fighting ISIL as well as similar terrorist groups and preventing the disasters that millions of people who were forced to become refugees go through, are problems that can be solved more easily by improving sincere co-operations of states and societies.
The unsolved Kurdish question and abandonment of negotiation process, followed by the return to the conflict and security concept again bring out a serious instability and extremely severe humanitarian price in our country. In this conflicted environment, serious human rights violations and unlawful arbitrary practices have become an almost routine policy of the government. Continue reading

Urgent Action Call For International Organizations

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February 5, 2016

We, the Peoples’ Democratic Party Headquarters, would like to share our alarming concern regarding the systematic violation of basic human rights and fundamental freedoms in Kurdish towns and cities that have been ruled under round-the-clock curfews by Turkeys ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Government. This curfew practice, promulgated by AKP Government starting in August 16, 2015, is a no mere breach of the fundamental principals of international humanitarian law. It is also in violation of Turkey’s very own Constitutional law and order.  Continue reading