STOP THE MASSACRE IN SUR!
+++ Call of the People's Democratic Party - HDP +++
STOP THE MASSACRE IN SUR!
01 March 2016
Across 58 separate curfews imposed in several neighborhoods of the 21
districts of 7 Kurdish provinces, 290 citizens have so far lost their
lives. The curfew and blockade in the Sur district of Diyarbakir,
declared by Diyarbakir Governorship with absolutely no legal and
constitutional basis on 2 December 2015, enters its 91st day today.
Twenty-four local citizens have lost their lives during this curfew. The
number of losses includes only those who could be identified.
For centuries, Sur district has been the cultural, social, economic and
historical heart of Diyarbakir. The curfew imposed in the district
amounts to a military blockade, and is in clear violation of the
fundamental rights and freedoms and state responsibilities stipulated in
the Constitution, such as the right to life, right to health, right to
education and right to travel. The economic, social and cultural life in
Sur has come to a halt, with no electricity and water at homes and no
basic services such as pharmacies and bakeries in the streets. Under
these grave circumstances—and all under the gaze of the world—children,
women and the elderly are losing their lives one by one. Even iconic and
sacred public places, considered to be humanity’s common cultural and
religious heritage, are brought to ruins during the curfew jointly
enforced by military, police and paramilitary forces. Tanks
and heavy artillery have damaged Diyarbakir’s city walls, officially
listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Five-hundred-year old Kursunlu
Mosque, historic Hasirli Mosque, 1700 year-old Saint Mary Church,
historic Surp Giragos Church and Protestant churches are among the
historical places that were destroyed and rendered unusable by curfew
One hundred and seventy-eight bodies have so far been collected from the
“Savage Basements” in the Cizre district of Sirnak. Yet, the family
members who were asked to identify the deceased report that the bodies
were burnt beyond recognition. Furthermore, bodies have been
intentionally transported to various other cities in Turkey for autopsy
procedures, which in turn have aggravated the suffering of the family
We have no other choice but to prevent the occurrence of yet another
similar atrocity in Sur. The curfew in Sur has to be immediately lifted.
This is the only way to prevent the recurrence of the
Cizre Massacre, which, with its all cruelty, happened right in front of
the world’s indifferent eyes. The military blockade must be lifted so
that people whose lives are in danger can be safely evacuated.
All that is happening in Sur at the moment, and all that will happen in
the coming days, is a matter of humanity and human dignity.
International public and political actors are necessarily implicated in
the sustainability of the stability of Turkey and the region. In the
face of recently unfolding events in Turkey, it has become an urgent
need to have a clear stance along the axes of freedom, peace and democracy.
We call upon all national and international democratic institutions and
platforms to express a solid reaction against the current political and
humanitarian crisis in Sur and act in solidarity with the
people of Sur.
Figen YÜKSEKDAG and Selahattin DEMIRTAS
Co-chairs of Peoples’ Democratic Party
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.hdp.org.tr/
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