February 20, 2017
What’s Happening in Kuruköy?
We demand urgent information from reliable sources. For the last nine days, there has been no communication with the people in Kuruköy (Xereba Bava), a village in Turkey’s southeastern district of Nusaybin (Mardin province), that is under round-the-clock military curfew and has been cut off from electrical and telephone services in the region.
Gory images and videos on social media, posted with the title ‘Images taken by soldiers’, only serve to increase our worries. We have received statements from residents of neighboring villages that all Kuruköy inhabitants have been gathered in one house, their phones have been collected, and some are being systematically tortured and executed. Relatives of villagers have made similar claims. One of our deputies was able to talk to an inhabitant of the village. (Please see the appendix.)
HDP deputies were denied entry to the village yesterday. The fact that deputies are denied entry to the village raises suspicion that the allegations of human rights abuses may be real. Our deputies’ attempts to talk to the governor and the Ministry of Interior were of no avail. HDP deputies remain at the village’s perimeters and despite their efforts to gather information, no concrete progress has been made.
If these allegations are correct, the residents of Kuruköy are being subjected to inhumane and unacceptable treatment. What Kurds went through in the 1990s and experienced in the last two years increase our concerns regarding the fate of Kuruköy villagers.
We urge international organizations as well as all democratic entities and peace coalitions to immediately investigate the allegations regarding Kuruköy. We cannot remain silent in the face of oppression and attempted massacres.
Peoples’ Democratic Party
Central Executive Board