Turkey-PKK conflict: UN report tells of ‘2,000 dead’ since truce collapse

p3 (648 x 430)When a man in the Turkish town of Cizre was told his sister had been killed, his family was invited to pick up her remains from the public prosecutor’s office, reports BBC.
But all they received were three small pieces of charred flesh – and no information on how she died.
His account from February 2016 is among many included in a new UN report on Turkish government operations in the country’s mainly Kurdish south-east.
UN investigators found some 2,000 people were killed in 18 months of fighting, and accuse Turkish forces of serious human rights violations.
The killings, disappearances and instances of torture documented in the report took place during a surge in violence after the ceasefire between Turkey and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) broke down in July 2015.
In the case of the woman killed in Cizre, whose name was not published in the report, UN investigators found that, when her sister called for those responsible to be punished and she tried to pursue legal action, she was charged with terrorism offences.
As well as thousands killed or detained, the UN says between 350,000 and 500,000 people were displaced by the fighting between July 2015 and December 2016.
Satellite imagery also showed the “enormous scale of destruction of the housing stock by heavy weaponry”.
But despite the serious allegations, “no credible investigation has been conducted” by the Turkish government, UN rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said.


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