leonkuravson (leonkuravson) wrote,

UN 'Ready' To Send A Team To Investigate Human Rights Violations In Turkey's Anti-PKK Operation

The UN is ready to send a mission to Turkey to investigate alleged human rights abuses in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast, where an operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) continues to take place, the organization has announced.

"We are ready to send a team at the earliest opportunity and, in light of the statement by the [Turkish] Ministry of Foreign Affairs, look forward to swift official confirmation that this mission will indeed be welcomed and fully supported by the Turkish authorities," Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said at a briefing in Geneva on Friday.

Colville went on to state that “full and unhindered access for the UN human rights team to the affected population and locations, authorities, documentation and other relevant materials in southeast Turkey is essential for any credible fact-finding exercise."

It comes just three days after the UN urged Turkey to allow investigators to probe allegations of abuse by security forces in the campaign against the PKK.


Tags: human rights violations in turkey
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