Turkey : HDP Calls for Urgent International Action Against Increasing State Violence

HDP has warned that Turkey is increasingly drifting into a civil war, and called for urgent international action against the policies of violence that have escalated after the general elections of June 7 led by the AKP provisional government.

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Foreign Affairs Commission of HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) has warned that Turkey is increasingly drifting into a civil war, and called for urgent international action against the policies of violence that have escalated after the general elections of June 7 led by the AKP provisional government.

The statement by the party underlined that the Turkish state and the provisional AKP government are implementing all sorts of oppressive measures such as forbidding entry into and departure from Kurdish cities against which it launches military operations, cutting off all communication including phone and internet lines, blocking off press and observers to prevent the truth about what is happening on the ground from reaching national and international public attention.

“A curfew has been in place in the province of Cizre for the past week where 21 civilians have been killed. The province of Cizre have been under siege for days where there is serious shortage of food, water, access to basic health services, preventative treatment of the wounded, and burial of those who have been killed by state security forces. Serious concerns regarding fears of civilian massacre in Cizre have been voiced by the elected members of the parliament and civil society organizations.”

Recalling that HDP has also been targeted by AKP spokespersons and pro-AKP mass media in this very violent situation, the statement noted that almost every day, HDP party officials and especially HDP co-chairs are being put on the target for those “nationalist and patriotic” people. “Many calls and statements of AKP officials have been signaling a call for war against HDP. As a result of this violent discourse of AKP, many of our buildings in several cities have been attacked by groups of people associated with racist and fascist groups. On September 8, they attacked our HQ in Ankara, setting fire to the building. Our party archives and records were targeted specifically. No one was injured in the attack but our HQ is now heavily damaged and unavailable for use.”

The party emphasized that HDP is not a part of these violence-based, war- oriented policies, nor did it take part in any decision-making process of the war. “On the contrary, we are trying to push both PKK and the Turkish state to end this armed conflict. It should be known that it is the AKP who is insisting on war politics and implementing anti- democratic practices all over the country”, the statement noted.

In spite of these adverse developments, HDP called on all international communities, civil society organizations and the international media for solidarity and support to bring about an immediate cease-fire and the commencement of peace talks.

HDP said their call is also one for urgent action against increasing state violence, the violation of human rights and anti-democratic practices and measures ins Kurdish cities as well as the cities in the western regions of the country.

“We now need the support of the international public more than ever in order to achieve the realization of a lasting peace in the Middle East, Turkey and Kurdistan”, HDP said, and invited all of their friends, political parties, associations, networks, civil society organizations and all peace-loving forces to act in solidarity with them.

The party also called on all democratic international institutions and forces to take concrete steps against the Turkish state’s violent, anti-democratic actions against its own people and citizens.

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Woman protesting state terror in Cizre murdered by police in Amed
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Police forces attacked a group of demonstrators in the mainly Kurdish city Amed (Diyarbakır) yesterday evening.

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Police forces attacked a group of demonstrators in the mainly Kurdish city Amed (Diyarbakır) yesterday evening.

Dozens of youths staged a demo in Bağlar district of Amed yesterday evening to protest the Turkish state terror in Şırnak’s Cizre district. The armed attack by police left two youths wounded.

Young woman Ruken Demir who was taken to Gazi Yaşargil Training and Research Hospital lost her life later while receiving treatment here.

The other youth wounded in the attack remains unidentified and no information is yet available as to which hospital he/she was taken to.

Lawyers: Right to life violated in Cizre
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Lawyers have shared their observations following an assessment in Şırnak’s Cizre district which underwent a curfew for 9 days, during which 23 people lost their lives as a result of attacks by Turkish state forces.

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Lawyers have shared their observations following an assessment in Şırnak’s Cizre district which underwent a curfew for 9 days, during which 23 people lost their lives as a result of attacks by Turkish state forces.

Upon a call by Libertarian Lawyers’ Association (ÖHD), Mesopotamia Lawyers’ Association (MHD), and Bar Associations in Northern Kurdistan, a number of lawyers including those affiliated to Lawyers for Democracy, Contemporary Lawyers Association, United June Movement, Libertarian and Democrat Lawyers entered Cizre after the removal of the curfew yesterday morning.

‘WHAT HAPPENED IN CİZRE CONCERNS ENTIRE TURKEY’

In a statement on behalf of the aforementioned institutions, Libertarian Lawyers’ Association member Züleyha Gülüm recalled that attacks beginning after June 7 elections have mainly intensified in Northern Kurdistan, the Kurdish region in Turkey.
Stressing that Turkish state forces started a massacre of civilians soon after the announcement of a curfew in Cizre, Gülüm described the attacks as a great threat that concerned not only the town itself but also entire Turkey.

‘RIGHT TO LIFE AND HEALTH VIOLATED’

Speaking after, Mesopotamia Lawyers’ Association Co-President Kadir Güner underlined that over 100 thousand people living in Cizre had their right to life, health and housing violated following the arbitrary curfew imposed by the Governor of Şırnak. Citing the law No 5442, He underlined that these three basic rights couldn’t be violated under any circumstances.

Güner said; “Those wounded during the course of the curfew were denied access and opportunity for treatment, in addition to being threatened by police forces. The people couldn’t call ambulances due to a lack of network, and those who managed to do so were also denied access to ambulances by police.”

‘ATTACKS AIMED TO INTIMIDATE THE PEOPLE OF CİZRE’

Libertarian Lawyers’ Association General Co-President Ömer Güneş said those disobeying the curfew confronted death while all the inhabitants in the town were also denied permission to meet their urgent needs as bakeries and shops to provide these were also targeted by the attacks of Turkish state forces.

“All the attacks aimed to intimidate the people of Cizre”, he underlined, and added that thousands of people remained under threat during the nine days of curfew and crackdown.


Joint Declaration by Kurdish, Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Parties and Associations on Turkish State Violations