Letter regarding Kurdish civilians by Turkey to Ki-moon
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His Excellency Ban Ki-moon
Secretary General of the United Nations,
The United Nations Organization,
New York, N. Y.
January 10, 2012
Dear Mr. Secretary General:
I am writing this letter to request an independent inquiry into the ruthless bombing and massacre of 35 young Kurdish civilians on December 28, 2011 on the border in the North of Iraq and Uludere (Kurdish Qilaban) Village in Sirnak in Southeast Turkey. As you know, as many as 18 of the slain were children as young as 10 to 13, whose bodies reportedly had been burned beyond recognition. Although the assignment of a subcommittee by the Turkish parliament to investigate the incident is a positive development, it is insufficient as the government’s silence persists. We call on the authority of your office to initiate an independent inquiry into the causes of the tragedy. Unfortunately this was not the first time that Turkey as a signatory to Geneva Conventions, in violations of international treaties has targeted unarmed civilians without any international implications. On August 21, 2011, Turkish warplanes killed a family of seven in Kurdish areas in the North of Iraq. Among those killed was a 3 month old infant. This tragic incident received very little or no attention from the international community. Since August of 2011 Kurds on both sides of the border have lived in constant fear and terror of such indiscriminate attacks. Reports by human rights organizations indicate that violations of human rights are also on the rise and the Turkish government is using the pretext of concerns about armed conflict and terrorism to justify its human rights abuses.
We hereby request your office to appoint a fact finding committee to openly and thoroughly investigate this ruthless massacre so that the culpable people are found. Failure to take prompt action against the massacre of innocent people is denying the Kurdish people in Turkey the right to life. We therefore urge you to use the authority of your office to assign a committee to conduct an in-depth investigation of the tragic incident so that such acts of terror against defenseless civilians are not perpetrated again in the future.
President, Kurdish American Education Society
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