The office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights published a report about large-scale violations of the rights of the Kurdish population of Turkey. About it reports Reuters.
The paper argues that in the period from July 2015 to December 2016 in the South-East of the country killed about two thousand people, and their houses were destroyed.
In particular, in the town of Cizre in early 2016 189 for several weeks was actually locked up in the basements of their houses, having no access to water, food and medical care. They all died as a result of attacks by the Turkish army.
The UN high Commissioner for human rights Zeid RA’ad al-Hussein said that Turkey does not conduct any investigation on these facts. “It seems that no suspect has been arrested and no one was prosecuted”, he said.
On 14 July last year it was reported that the Turkish authorities have forbidden to go out to residents of 16 villages in the province of Diyarbakir, whose population is predominantly Kurdish. The limit was introduced in connection with the operation carried out against the fighters of the outlawed Turkey Kurdistan workers ‘ party (PKK).
In April, Russia’s permanent representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich cited statistics of “Turkish Foundation for human rights” (Human Rights Foundation of Turkey), according to which during the so-called anti-terrorist operation from July 2015 killed more than 300 civilians.
An armed confrontation between Ankara and the Kurds, who are fighting for education autonomy within the country escalated in the summer of 2015 after the attack in the town of Suruç. Then 32 people were killed, mostly Kurds. Fighters of the PKK accused the Turkish government of collaborating with the Islamists and resumed guerrilla war against Turkish security forces.