We shall not be silent in the face of genocide by Turkish state

For the last three months, the oppressive regime of Recep Tayhip Erdogan has massacred Kurdish civilians in Turkey using tanks, canons and other heavy weapons. According to reports by human rights organisations, hundreds of civilians including children, women and elderly have been killed by the Turkish army and police. Others have been taken into custody and suffered inhuman torture and mistreatment.

The Turkish authorities have targeted the offices of the pro Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), mistreating hundreds of party members and imprisoning a large number of party officials.

On Sunday (January 10) the Turkish police attacked a house in Artmtan district of Van and executed 12 Kurdish youths by shooting them in the head. Sadly the war shows no sign of ebbing and is engulfing more areas while the United States and the European Union allow Turkey to commit these crimes.

We the undersigned condemn the heinous crimes being committed against the Kurdish people in Turkey. We call on western states and human rights organisations to pressure the Turkish government to bring an end to these violations of basic human rights of the Kurdish people in Turkey.

We call on the Kurds from east Kurdistan to organise protests outside the Turkish embassies and consulates across the world on 23rd of January to highlight the crimes being committed against our people in north Kurdistan by the Turkish state.

Monday

18 January 2016

The signatories: Sarmaddin Sadeq Waziri, Hashem Karimi, Aziz Mamle, Dr Khalil Rashidian, Abdullah Mustafa Sultani, Anwar Sultani, Dr Hussein Khaliqi, Khalil Hawarinasab, Yusuf Ardalan, Najmaddin Gulami, Naser Razazi, Kale Atashi, Fariborz Fakhari, Dr Kamaran Aminawa, Hemin Sayidi, Muzafar Namdari, Amir Lutfollah Nejadian, Yadollah Baladi, Dr Hemmat Hekmat, Ariz Andari, Omid Bigzadah, Dr Golmorad Moradi, Sirwan Kawusi, Layla Mohammadi, Ali Karimi, Rahman Jawanmardi, Mahin Shokrollapour, Shahla Dabaghi, Mohammad Qorani, Kwestan Fotuhi, Surkew Zakki, Behrooz Aghazaman, Behzad Khoshhali, Dr Azad Moradian, Jahanbakhsh Rostami, Arez Darapour, Zaynab Bayzidi, Persheng Bluri, Sediq Babaei, Amjad Hosein panahi, Saied Sanandeji, Aladdin Salahian, Afaq Tufani, Sabri Bahmani, Sirwan Qaderi, Dr Mohammad Rahimi, Korosh Nazeri, Sonbol Sadeqwaziri, Jamil Mohammadi, Nahid Rahimi, Shahram Miri, Kwestan Dawudi, Galawezh Rezazadeh, Sahar Delshad Dinarwand, Arsalan Azizi, Mostafa Modaresi, Asghar Jiloo, Layla Khalili, Senoor Abdullahpour, Zaynab Ilkhanzadeh, Badi Badizadeh, Sherafat Khalidian, Shahabaddin Sheikhi, Sara Mawludi, Naser Rasoulzadah, Salar Pashaei, Mehrdad Aminwarzi, Naser Fathi, Ali Afraza.

Kurdistan Human Rights Organisation

Kurdistan Human Rights Association

American Kurdish committee for Human Rights and Democracy in Iran

Defenders of Kurdistan Human Rights Center

Defenders of civil and political prisoners

Kurdocide Watch (CHAK – East Kurdistan committee

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