Heated debate in Turkish parliament for violations in under-siege Kurdish village

Osman Baydemir speaking in parliament.
  1. Turkey’s opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party deputy Osman Baydemir has made a parliamentary statement directing attention to the Kurdish village Korukoy under siege for 13 days in Mardin’s Nusaybin district.

Baydemir presented a picture of a man from the village, Abdi Aykut, who was allegedly hospitalised due to severe torture. The furious deputy showed the picture of the man to the MPs from the podium and likened Kurukoy village to Gaza.

Abdi Aykut, 57, was detained and tortured and has been missing since according to his family, 22 February 2017, (c) ANF

“what kind of intelligence, what reason can legitimise torture which is accepted as a flagrant crime against humanity? The implementers of this action are vile people,” said Baydemir adding, “No regime can legitimise what is happening in Gaza either. Today, what is happening in Gaza is happening in Nusaybin.”

He also invited deputies from each of the parties in parliament to go to Korukoy village and see what is happening in there.

Turkey’s Human Rights Association (IHD) has reported violations in the village.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrikulu asked Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu about the current situation of Abdi Aykut. Soylu replied to Tanrikulu saying, “You are a deputy, you are not a servant of terrorists. If you are going to speak about this, you should weigh your words. Don’t support terrorists. You are asking about the situation of terrorists.”

Tanrikulu responded to Soylu from his Twitter account posting, “You don’t have the right to blame anyone who reveals your crimes of terrorism. Shameless!”.

The siege on the village has been continuing since 11 February. HDP deputies and human rights defenders have been camped at the entrance of the town.