Roboski massacre in Parliament today
12 June 2012Uludere Sub-Commission of the Parliamentary Committee of Human Rights Watch will discuss the documents about the massacre of Roboski
The Uludere Sub-Commission of the Parliamentary Committee of Human Rights Watch will discuss the documents about the massacre of Roboski in the hands of the specially authorized Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor on Tuesday.
The meeting which will be held following the call by sub-commission president AKP deputy İhsan Şener will also be attended by Parliamentary Committee of Human Rights Watch president Ayhan Sefer Üstün.
The documents on the massacre, which took the life of 34 civilians in the village of Roboski on 28 December 2011, have been referred to the sub-commission by the investigating Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor on 7 July.
The villages of Roboski (Ortasu) and Bujeh (Gülyazı) were formed with the settlement of the people who were driven from their evacuated villages in the province of Şırnak in 90s. The area which is not convenient for agriculture or stockbreeding because of the mines laid around the villages also lacks in governmental or private sector enterprises to provide work for the regions people who are therefore forced to smuggle or be village guards.
In the village of Roboski, where at least 50 people lost their life or became disabled so far for stepping on mines, Turkish F-16 warplanes bombed 34 people among whom 19 were children, on the way of smuggling to earn money for living and school expenses. Cigarette and fuel oil were the goods that smugglers bought across the border and brought back to their village on donkeys for sale.
Following the bombardment, which took place despite the fact that the footage of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV/Heron) clearly presented villagers and donkeys, 13 wounded people bled or froze to death while waiting for health teams who werent allowed in the area by soldiers. The victims of the massacre were subjected to unspectacular and hastily performed autopsy.
Manipulative discussions have been put forward by the AKP government which from the very beginning of the event tried to clear itself of the massacre in the face of the justice demand asking for an answer to the question who gave the order to fire. Neither political nor military authorities have been investigated or called to account for the death of 34 people as the Prime Minister Erdoğan evaluated the massacre as a mistake.
University student Ferhat Encü, who lost his 11 relatives in the massacre and was taken into custody three times for allegedly attacking Uludere Governor during the funeral ceremony, spoke to ANF about the process and reacted against the fact that nothing has come out so far from the investigation into the massacre for 167 days.
Evaluating this negligence as the manifestation of governments effort to cover up the massacre, Encü said that; The statements by the Prime
Minister, Interior Minister and other ministers present their fascistic mindset which offers to pay compensation with the thought that they can pay for deaths.
Referring to Interior Ministers PKKs figurants definition for Roboski victims, Encü evaluated this statement as an insult against 34 victims and all Kurdish people.
Despite all pressures and threats, we will continue to resist against this mindset and take the massacre to international platform in the event of exhaustion of domestic remedies, added Encü.
Encüs lawyer Müşir Deliduman also underlined that they will not allow Turkish authorities to cover up the massacre, remarking that they will
continue to live and breathe Uludere. Deliduman reminded that four people have been unlawfully arrested for the attack against Uludere Governor.
WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE MASSACRE?
- Soldiers of Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) tried to cover up the evidences by burning the remains of victims in the third day after the massacre.
- Four out of five people who were detained for attacking the governor were sent to prison for alleged attempt to intentional killing.
- University student Ferhat Encü, who lost his 11 relatives in the massacre and was taken into custody three times for allegedly attacking Uludere Governor during the funeral ceremony.
- Survivor Servet Encü migrated to Federal Region of Kurdistan as a result of threats posed to him because of the statement he made to press.
- The commander of the military post in the area threatened some village guards who lost their relatives in the massacre and didnt return to their duty after the event.
- Within the process of five months since the massacre, only one colonel has been subjected to change of position.
ANF / ANKARA
ANF NEWS AGENCY