Reports of continued human rights violations of international law in southeast Turkey worrying: UN

September 14, 2016 4:00 am

Turkish plain clothes police officers detain a woman during clashes between Turkish forces and Kurdish people in the center of Diyarbakir on March 2, 2016. (Photos by AFP)

The high commissioner for human rights has voiced concerns over allegations of continued violations of international law in southeast .
Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein made the remarks during a speech at the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council held in Geneva on Tuesday.
“We have received repeated and serious allegations of on-going violations of international law as well as human rights concerns, including civilian deaths, extrajudicial killings and massive displacement,” he said.
While adding that his concerns over people’s rights in the region remain “acute,” the high commissioner stressed that sufficient consideration must be lent toward the humanitarian and protection requirements for the thousands who have been displaced and affected by Ankara’s actions in the region.

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein delivers a speech at the opening of a new Council’s session on June 13, 2016 in Geneva. (AFP)

“We continue to receive reports of destruction and demolition of towns and villages in the southeast,” he added
Stressing that the Turkish government has so far refrained from granting unfettered access to the region, he noted that, “We have therefore set up a temporary monitoring capacity based in Geneva, and we will continue to inform this Council of our concerns.”

Turkish police detain a teacher during a protest in Diyarbakir on September 9, 2016. 

Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast has been the scene of severe clashes between government forces and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since a shaky peace mechanism, which had started out between the two sides back in 2013, collapsed last year. It is estimated that the resumption of the hostilities killed nearly 2,000 people between July 2015 and July 2016.
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