Execution, torture, surveillance, and disappearance in Xirabê Baba village of Mêrdin/Nisêbîn
On 1 February, the Turkish government imposed a curfew on nine villages that was lifted on the following day, yet in the village of Xirabe Baba it has been going on. Moreover, Turkish soldiers executed 3 persons, demolished or set on ablaze houses, and put on surveillance many villagers. The militaries have prevented passage to villages, cut the telephone and internet lines, attacked villages with gas bomb, and have not allowed transfer of the wounded to hospital. The embargo that the AKP’s palace forces placed on Xirabê Baba is ongoing. In addition to the execution of 3 persons, Turkish forces tortured 39 persons, and there is no news about 2 more. No connection has been made with the village.
Torture and surveillance
Those who are detained in TEM (Anti-Terror Office) Branch are Huseyîn Toy, Gulbahar Toy, Canê Gokturk, Nîhat Gokturk, Songul Koçhan, Telfa Koçhan, Emîne Gokturk, Alî Gokturk, Haydar Golçik, Sefkan Bayhan, Turkan Bayhan, Şevkî Akat, Halîl Zengîn, Abdulavahap Zengîn, Abdulmecît Yakut, Şakîr Yakut, Hasan Bayhan, Rifat Bayhan, Mehmet Tahir Gorgun, Baran Gorgun, Îsmaîl Ay, Osman Dogan, Abdullah Dogan, Alî Gorgun, Hatîn Tunc, muxtar Ferhan Bayhan, Şukru Gorgun, Necmîa Gorgun, Îsmaîl Tunc. It is reported that the detainees had been tortured in the villages’ central square, following which they had been taken into TEM’s Branches such as Sabrî Gorgu, Behçet Koçhan, Vasfî Dogan, Ferhan Dogan, Edîp Ay, Mecît Bal, Halît Toy, Mehmet To, Şukru Koçhan. There is no news on the whereabouts of Suleyman Yakut and Mehmet Bal.
A HDP law-maker for Amed/Diyarbakir, Feleknas Ûca, pointed out that state terror is going on in Xirabê Baba and due to the imposed embargo, there is no clear news of the village. She further said; ‘People in the village are imprisoned in their houses, the embargo is ongoing, there is no right of passage into or out of the village, and we don’t know what is going on inside’.
What is kept hidden?
Ûca stressed that even though military operation had been ended in the village, yet Turkish militaries have kept their embargo on because they want to clear it of their traces of barbarity. In relation to this she said; ‘Now, we can’t get any clear view of what is going on in the village; other than the execution of 3 persons, nothing else we can acquire. Because they don’t allow the entrance of our delegation’.
Since the last year several Kurdish villages and districts such Varto, Cizre, Sur, Silopi and Hezex, Nusaybin, Gever, Derik, Kerboran, Şırnak, Farqin, Bağlar, Bismil, Qoser have been destroyed and hundreds of civilians killed. Now we witnessing this village with same lot of being destroyed, while its population being executed.
Our immediate appeal to international institutions and public opinion is to take required measure against Turkish state’s atrocities in Kurdistan.
KNK Executive Committee, 20.02.2017