30 December 2011, Friday

Human Rights Delegation:

The incident is an extrajudicial execution and mass massacre

IHD (Human Rights Association) and MAZLUMDER (The Association of Human Rights and Solidarity For Oppressed People) delegations, who prepared a preliminary monitoring report by on-site examining the incident of the massacre of villagers bombed by war crafts in Ortasu (Roboski) village allied to Uludere town in Sirnak, declared that the incident is a total extrajudicial execution and mass massacre.

IHD (Human Rights Association) and MAZLUMDER (The Association of Human Rights and Solidarity For Oppressed People) delegations, who prepared a preliminary monitoring report by on-site examining the incident of the massacre of villagers bombed by war crafts in Ortasu (Roboski) village allied to Uludere town in Sirnak, declared that the incident is a total extrajudicial execution and mass massacre. In the report, Hacı Encü, who survived from bombing, recorded that they were blocked by the soldiers and bombed by the war crafts.

IHD (Human Rights Association) and MAZLUMDER (The Association of Human Rights and Solidarity For Oppressed People) delegations, who prepared a preliminary monitoring report by on-site examining the incident of the massacre of villagers bombed by war crafts in Ortasu (Roboski) village allied to Uludere town in Sirnak, declared that the incident is a total extrajudicial execution and mass massacre.HD and MAZLUMDER delegations, who went to Uludere for on-site examination of the incident of the massacre of villagers bombed by war crafts in Ortasu (Roboski) village allied to Uludere town in Sirnak, announced the preliminary monitoring report. The preliminary monitoring report prepared by IHD Head Office administrators, IHD Diyarbakir, Hakkari, Van, Siirt and Mardin Branches, and MAZLUMDER Head Office administrators, MAZLUMDER Hakkari and Diyarbakir Branch administrators hit the high spots.

Stated in the report that the delegation arrived in Uludere town in the evening and went to the hospital that corpses were waited in, it follows as "It is observed that the hospital was crowded, the corpses were waited randomly in the rooms wrapped with the blankets, and their families were watching over the corpses. It  is determined that the autopsy was performed in a hall in the basement of the hospital next to the heating boiler room; a part of the hall was divided to two parts by closing with sheets and the autopsy was performed behind the curtain; only one lawyer from Sirnak Bar Association was allowed to be present on behalf of the families; two prosecutors were carrying out the operations and only 6 corpses' autopsies were completed by 18.30."

It was also stated in the report that the corpses were in the hospital and the ones who lost their lives were between the ages of 12 and 28; and the incident was occurred at the zero point of the border.

THE WİTNESS OF THE İNCİDENT: WE WERE BLOCKED BY THE SOLDİERS 

The Witness of the İncident: We were blocked by the soldiers and the war craft bombed us

The following statements of Hacı Encü who has 19 years, survived from the incident and interviewed in the hospital were included in the report:

"We, a group consist of 40-50 people, crossed to the Iraq side of the border with the same number of mules to bring fuel and food product  at 16.00 pm on 28.12.2011. We didn't particularly inform the military guard post, however they already knew that we were going and returning. Our aim was to bring sugar and fuel. We even heard the voice of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) but we went on moving because we were always going and returning. In the evening, at 19.00 pm, we departed after we burdened the mules. Around 21.00 pm, we approached to the border. We arrived to the plateau of our villages, the plateau just on the border. In there, they threw at first aircraft flare and then they started to artillery-howitzer shooting. We left our burden in the other side of the border. Right after, the war crafts came and bombardment started. We were two groups, and, there was about 300-400 meters distance between us and the group behind. Just after the first artillery shooting, the war craft came. Because the soldiers were blocked our plateau, there were no way to go. Therefore, the groups had to come together. At the end, we became two big groups. At the first bombardment, the  group that consist of approximately 20 people was killed. Right after, we started to back away. The ones who stayed amidst of the rocks were being bombed. The group which I was also with was 6 people; 3 of us managed to survive. We had daily civil clothes and nobody was carrying a gun. The incident lasted around 1 hour. We, one-two people soaked into a small creek with 3 mules. After waiting for one hour in there, we sheltered ourselves under a rock. We didn't heard anything from our friends. Around 23.00-23.30 pm, we understand that the villagers came when we saw lights and heard voices. While the villagers started to scream, the soldiers withdrawn from the plateau. It is a long time that we do this job. Two of them were married, the others were highschool and primary school students. Till now, nobody called me to give a statement. I saw no soldiers after the incident."

"THE SOLDİERS WERE AWARE OF THE SİTUATİON"

The determinations of the delegations were ranked in the report as follows:

" It is determined that;

-All the killed and wounded people in the incident were civilians,

-In the course of incident, the group wasn't warned to STOP and there were no warning, the security forces were fired in no way, the soldiers didn't fire individually, the aircrafts made bombardment and this caused people to die,

-Civilians were well-known by the security forces who stay in the incident scene, and, security forces were aware of this go-return for border trade.

-Although we didn't see on site, the same way is always being used for the border trade, known by everyone including security forces; the way that was used wasn't a pathway and had mine on the way,

-Contrary to official statements, the incident scene is far away from the region called as Sİnat- Haftanin; one of the groups that was attacked was on the Turkey side of the border and the other group was on the Iraq -Turkey border,

-None of the official institution had an initiative to get the corpses after the incident and the soldiers were totally withdrawn from the incident scene; the corpses were taken by the villagers and brought to Gulyazi village with their own means.

-The conditions of the hospital are not appropriate for the autopsy, the corpses were randomly waited in the rooms, the corpses were wrapped with the blankets by their families, the staff of the hospital was inadequate, even we could say scarcely any and the corpses were carried by the villagers to the autopsy and ambulances,

-The evidences after autopsy will not be taken in due form because of current conditions, therefore, obfuscation of the evidences is highly possible,

-The corpses which seen by our delegation in the hospital were burned, their innards were in out, scalp of most were shattered and their physical integrity was shattered,

-In the incident, a high explosive and caustic ammunition was used."

"İT İS AN EXTRAJUDİCİAL EXECUTİON AND MASS MASSACRE"

In the report  it was recorded that a more detailed report should be prepared about the incident, it was stated  "Our delegation has concluded that the incident is an extrajudicial execution and mass massacre in terms of killed people' number. In this sense, it is concluded that civil society organizations should show awareness to make examining; Human Rights Committee of United Nations should urgently send a delegation; Turkish media should approach to this massacre in the framework of press ethics keeping out from 'the statements of official institutions' and show awareness to reflect the reality to the public.

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