A petition has been launched urging the UN’s human rights watchdog to investigate claims that Turkish authorities are indiscriminately killing Kurds living in Turkey.
According to Russia Today, President Erdogan has authorised troops to commit atrocities against the Kurdish population – warning Kurds that they will suffer an “Armenian fate” in the near future.
RT’s Anastasia Churkina spoke to members of the Kurdish community in London, to find out what they think about what’s going on in Turkey.
According to the Change.org petition:
#JusticeForKurds – WE URGE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO INVESTIGATE ALLEGED MASS KILLING OF KURDS IN TURKEY
In February 2016, Kurdish activists accused Turkish troops of slaughtering hundreds of civilians trapped in basements in Cizre. Reports stated that some 150 people were burned to death.
RT travelled to Cizre to get first-hand accounts from witnesses. They showed us the site of the alleged mass killing. RT filmed the destroyed buildings, including blood stains on the debris, and shell casings. A witness told us that among the victims were women, and children as young as ten years old.
You can take a look at the reports here:
RT contacted Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, ICRC and other international organisations – and shared the materials with them; but none of them commented substantively, citing a variety of reasons.
With this petition, we want to attract widespread public attention and call for an independent international investigation led by UNHRC into the alleged mass killing of Kurds in south-eastern Turkey.