United Nations concerned about shooting of civilians in Turkey

This video says about itself:

Kurd Crackdown: Turkish forces allegedly fire on civilians with white flag (GRAPHIC)

22 January 2016

An incident in which several civilians with a white flag came under fire has been caught on camera. The victims are reported to be Kurds in the town of Cizre, where they were allegedly shot at by Turkish troops.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

UN wants investigation of shelling of Turkish civilians

Today, 12:37

Turkey should start an investigation into the bombardment last month of ten unarmed civilians in the southeast of the country. According to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights the images of the shooting are “extremely shocking”.

On the images it looks like the victims in Cizre are fired upon when they with white flags and a handcart cross a road to transport a dead person. The ten civilians were injured.

Turkish soldiers first looked from their armored vehicle and would at the last moment have opened fire on the civilians. In the region the Kurdistan Workers’ Party PKK is active.

The UN Commissioner is also concerned about the injured cameraman who made the footage; he risks being arrested if he leaves the hospital.

Turkish forces accused of ‘massacre’ over Cizre raid: here.

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  2. Tuesday 2nd February 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    UN HUMAN rights chief Prince Zeid Raad al-Hussein belatedly voiced concern yesterday over Turkey’s bloody crackdown on its Kurdish minority.

    The Jordanian prince called on Ankara to investigate killings of unarmed civilians after “extremely shocking” video footage surfaced from the south-eastern town of Cizre last week.

    It shows people wheeling a dead body on a handcart behind a man and a woman waving white flags, before they are targeted by gunfire.

    It was not clear from the footage who fire the shots but an armoured military vehicle can be seen in the distance a short time before.

    Blood streams past the camera as IMC television cameraman Refik Tekin, who filmed the attack, is hit and wounded.

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid also expressed concern over reports that Mr Tekin now faces arrest for alleged membership of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) once he leaves hospital.

    “Filming an atrocity is not a crime, but shooting unarmed civilians most certainly is,” he said.

    On Saturday, Sirnak MP Faysal Sariyildiz, of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, told Turkey’s parliament that 31 wounded people had been trapped in a basement in Cizre for a week and that six of them had died.

    The Turkish Human Rights Foundation says at least 198 civilians, including 39 children, have died in Kurdish areas under military curfew since August.



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  5. Sarıyıldız: Silence of Europe also responsible for the massacre in Cizre

    The 5 days-long sit-in in front of the Council of Europe (EC), European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) and the European Commission for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) buildings in Strasbourg continues in its third day.

    The sit-in led by KCD-E (European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress) and TJK-E (European Kurdish Women’s Movement) is being joined by hundreds of people from Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

    The protest aims to break the European institutions’ silence towards the massacres of the Turkish state, led by Erdoğan and the AKP, in Kurdistan. Hundreds of protestors are calling for dropping Turkey’s membership in the European Council, bringing an end to the ECHR’s approval of the massacres in Kurdistan, and ending the isolation of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan. Banners, posters and photos of Öcalan decorate the 40 meters-long tent in which protestors carry out their sit-in.

    HDP Şırnak deputy Faysal Sarıyıldız who was in Şırnak’s Cizre district during the course of the most recent onslaught for over 2 months, has attended a panel discussion in the area today.


    Speaking here, Sarıyıldız pointed out that people in Cizre mounted strong resistance in the name of human values against the immoral war waged by the state against the people. He continued; “Look at the photos released from Cizre. It is not any different from the Germany of the 1940’s and the Spain and Beirut of the 70’s.

    Every inch of the town has been destroyed and demolished, yet the state prides itself on this. This is a quite immoral attitude.”


    “Everyone of us has a part in the massacre”, said Sarıyıldız, adding the followings; “True, our people mounted strong resistance. They did not bend the knee. The state massacred people without ever discriminating between children, youths and elderly. People were burnt to death in basements of atrocity. We, too, are responsible for this massacre for having failed to prevent it and raise a strong voice against it. European states are also responsible for this massacre because they remained silent on it.”


    Following the sit-in which will last till Sunday, a delegation including Sarıyıldız will have a meeting with Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muižnieks.

    Source: STRASBOURG – ANF 25-02-2016


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