As at least 79 Civilians Killed in 29 Days, declaration of more than 1000 academics in Turkey: “We will not be a Party to This Crime

We will not be a party to this crime! (in English, French, German, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)

Academicians for Peace

(for list of signatures see bottom)

As academics and researchers of this country, we will not be a party to this crime!

The Turkish state has effectively condemned its citizens in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, and many other towns and neighborhoods in the Kurdish provinces to hunger through its use of curfews that have been ongoing for weeks. It has attacked these settlements with heavy weapons and equipment that would only be mobilized in wartime. As a result, the right to life, liberty, and security, and in particular the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment protected by the constitution and international conventions have been violated.

This deliberate and planned massacre is in serious violation of Turkey’s own laws and international treaties to which Turkey is a party. These actions are in serious violation of international law.

We demand the state to abandon its deliberate massacre and deportation of Kurdish and other peoples in the region. We also demand the state to lift the curfew, punish those who are responsible for human rights violations, and compensate those citizens who have experienced material and psychological damage. For this purpose we demand that independent national and international observers to be given access to the region and that they be allowed to monitor and report on the incidents.

We demand the government to prepare the conditions for negotiations and create a road map that would lead to a lasting peace which includes the demands of the Kurdish political movement. We demand inclusion of independent observers from broad sections of society in these negotiations. We also declare our willingness to volunteer as observers. We oppose suppression of any kind of the opposition.

We, as academics and researchers working on and/or in Turkey, declare that we will not be a party to this massacre by remaining silent and demand an immediate end to the violence perpetrated by the state. We will continue advocacy with political parties, the parliament, and international public opinion until our demands are met.

For international support, please send your signature, name of your university and your title to .

The campaign site here

Human Rights Foundation of Turkey has announced that at least 79 civilians including 14 children were killed between the dates of December 11, 2015 – January 8, 2016.
1,128 academics from 89 universities in Turkey, and over 355 academics and researchers from abroad have signed a text calling on state of Turkey to end state violence and prepare negotiation conditions.
Amid focus from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in ongoing violence in Turkey’s southeast, military operations against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in densely populated urban zones are coming under increasing scrutiny
A Turkish human rights group says as many as 162 civilians have died since August, caught up in the increased fighting between government forces and outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants in urban districts
A total of 19 bullets have been found in the bodies of three women who were killed on Jan. 4 in the southeastern district of Silopi as Şırnak Governor’s Office denied media claims that the victims were assassinated
Turkey’s government is set to provide a defense at the European Court of Human Right (ECHR) over curfews in Southeast Anatolia, where security forces have been conducting operations against militants
President Erdoğan denies the existence of any Kurdish problem in Turkey, claiming the country is only beset by the specter of terrorism
HDP Beyoğlu District Co-President Ruken Demir in her statement to bianet said no one is being let near the building and that there is an HDP official inside.

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