HR activists in Turkey demand perpetrators of Roboski massacre to be brought to justice

Turkey’s Human Rights Association (İHD) has released press statements in İstanbul and Ankara on the Roboski massacre that left 34 people dead in 2011 as a result of the air strikes of Turkey’s armed forces in southeast province of Şırnak, reported by BirGün daily.

According to reports of Dicle news agency (DİHA), giving a statement at İstanbul’s Galatasaray Square on behalf of İHD, Mukaddes Şamiloğlu, who is a member of the association’s justice committee, said that ‘Justice means equality, freedom, and peace. If justice among the members of the society  had been deepened earlier, the children of Roboski would have been living today. A parliamentary committee for investigation of truth has to be created in order for massacres in Turkey to be brought to light and peace among the members of the society to be built…”

In Ankara, a statement was also delivered by a representative from Justice Initiative for Roboski, Tanju Gündüzay, at Konur street of Kızılay Square. Gündüzay stated that “Unless all political and military decision makers who were responsible for the Roboski massacre are punished, no facing up with the past and the coups will be credible…”

Roboski (Uludere) is a small isolated mountain village on the Turkish Iraqi border. At 21:39 on December 28, 2011, a man-made disaster struck the village. Thirty-four people, most of them children, were slaughtered in an aerial bombardment by a Turkish F-16 fighter jet. Those killed were engaging in cross border trade. Villagers in Roboski have family on both sides of the border and this kind of trade has a long history.

June 29, 2017

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