Turkey criticized over compensation to displaced Kurds

  • UPI
  • 21/12/2006 00:00:00

Turkey's methods of compensating Kurds displaced since 1984 came under fire by Human Rights Watch Wednesday for being arbitrary and insufficient.

The group said while a 2004 law appears fair, provincial assessment commissions routinely undervalue lost property and possessions, and even ignore such critical losses as livestock when determining restitution.

More than 375,000 Kurdish villagers were forced from their homes and lost their farms in fighting between government forces and the separatist Kurdish Workers Party beginning in 1984.

In a paper submitted to the Turkish government, the rights group said in some cases, house values were calculated at the cost of replacing a cow shed, and costs of lost pastureland had been undervalued.

The group said there is no appeal process associated with the federal law, and called on the federal government to better manage the provincial assessment commissions.

There was no immediate response from Turkish officials.

  • UPI
  • 21/12/2006 00:00:00