Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

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Shocking Images of Dead Kurdish Fighters: Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

August 12, 2010 

German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.

It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.

In March, the activists gave the photos to a German human rights delegation comprised of Turkey experts, journalists and politicians from the far-left Left Party, as SPIEGEL reported at the end of July. Now Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and a forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the initial suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died “due to the use of chemical substances.”

Did the Turkish army in fact use chemical weapons and, by doing so, violate the Chemical Weapons Convention it had ratified?

Repeated ‘Mysterious Incidents’

German politicians and human rights experts are now demanding an investigation into the incident. “The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things,” said Claudia Roth, the co-chair of Germany’s Green Party. “It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal.”

The politician said there had been repeated “mysterious incidents of this type that are crying out for an independent investigation.” Roth demanded that Turkey issue an official statement on the possible use of chemical weapons “in order to nullify further allegations.”

Ruprecht Polenz, a member of the German parliament with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union and the chairman of the Bundestag’s Foreign Relations Committee, sees it the same way. “Turkey needs to urgently look into these accusations,” he told SPIEGEL ONLINE, adding that an international investigation would be the best approach.

Turkey has been suspected of using chemical weapons for years, points out Gisela Penteker, a Turkey expert with the international medical organization International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. “Local people have said that again and again,” she explained. Finding proof is difficult, however, she said, because bodies were often released so late that it was hardly possible to carry out a thorough autopsy.

‘PKK Propaganda’

In Turkey, human rights advocates have long demanded an investigation. The army, however, has refused to comment on the issue. Similarly, the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been stubbornly silent or tried to portray the accusations of war crimes as “PKK propaganda.”

“The prime minister is not interested in human rights violations,” says Akin Birdal, a member of the Turkish parliament whose pro-Kurdish BDP opposition party has repeatedly questioned in parliament if Erdogan’s war in the southeast of the country is really being conducted legally. In Birdal’s view, the only thing that matters to Erdogan is that the army eradicates the PKK problem once and for all “by any means necessary.”

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has rejected the accusations, according to the Berlin daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung, which reported on the case Thursday. Turkey is a signatory to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and its armed forces do not possess any biological or chemical weapons, the ministry reportedly said.

The newspaper also reports that it has obtained additional, shocking pictures in the meantime, supposedly autopsy photographs of six other killed Kurds. These images, too, have now been submitted to the Hamburg-based experts.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/shocking-images-of-dead-kurdish-fighters-turkey-accused-of-using-chemical-weapons-against-pkk-a-711536.html

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About kruitvat

I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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5 Responses to Turkey Accused of Using Chemical Weapons against PKK

  1. kruitvat says:

    Confirmed: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds

    August 13, 2010

    German experts have confirmed that photographs shown to them by the Turkish PKK, the Kurdish Workers Party, which has been outlawed as a ‘terrorist’ organization, show eight people who were murdered by chemical weapons. The pictures were allegedly taken in September 2009. Turkey stands accused of using chemical weapons against the PKK (Hat Tip: Will).
    German experts have confirmed the authenticity of photographs that purport to show PKK fighters killed by chemical weapons. The evidence puts increasing pressure on the Turkish government, which has long been suspected of using such weapons against Kurdish rebels. German politicians are demanding an investigation.

    It would be difficult to exceed the horror shown in the photos, which feature burned, maimed and scorched body parts. The victims are scarcely even recognizable as human beings. Turkish-Kurdish human rights activists believe the people in the photos are eight members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) underground movement, who are thought to have been killed in September 2009.
    I actually looked for pictures of chemical weapons victims to add to this post. I decided against it. Whether or not the pictures I saw were authentic, they were the most horrifying pictures I have ever seen. The only thing that came close was a set of pictures someone sent me ten years ago which were said to be the bodies of the two IDF soldiers who were lynched in Ramallah. Let’s go back to Der Spiegel.
    In March, the activists gave the photos to a German human rights delegation comprised of Turkey experts, journalists and politicians from the far-left Left Party, as SPIEGEL reported at the end of July. Now Hans Baumann, a German expert on photo forgeries has confirmed the authenticity of the photos, and a forensics report released by the Hamburg University Hospital has backed the initial suspicion, saying that it is highly probable that the eight Kurds died “due to the use of chemical substances.”

    Did the Turkish army in fact use chemical weapons and, by doing so, violate the Chemical Weapons Convention it had ratified?
    I don’t know. But I trust that Barack Obama and Ban Ki-Moon will immediately insist on an international investigation that includes one member appointed by Turkey, one member appointed by the Kurds, and two other members whose sympathies lie with one or the other of the affected parties. I trust also that Tom Friedman will write a column in the next week accusing Turkey of operating under the Hama rules that Bashar Assad’s daddy Hafez used when he gassed all those people to death in 1982.

    Ooops. Sorry. None of that stuff will happen. After all, it’s Turkey that’s accused this time and not the ‘Zionist entity.’

    There’s more. Der Spiegel also reports that the Berlin daily newspaper Die Tageszeitung has another picture with another six Kurds allegedly murdered with chemical weapons.

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.be/2010/08/confirmed-turkey-used-chemical-weapons.html

  2. kruitvat says:

    Confirmed: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds (2)

    This is not the first time Turkey has been accused of using chemical weapons. In 2006, they were also accused of using chemical weapons against the Kurds, but the claims were dismissed because the PKK has been branded a ‘terror organization.’
    Starting on February 26, 2006, multiple Kurdish news sources in Europe broadcast allegations byKurdish villagers that the Turkish military had used chemical weapons during a military operation against PKK rebels. According to the allegations, the Turkish military began an operation on February 23 between the villages of Bakwan and Guriza in the Dargecit District of Mardin. [2] Violent clashes between Turkish forces and the guerillas began on February 23 and continued until noon the following day. Kurds allege that during these battles, Turkish forces employed chemical weapons, although they have not identified the specific agent said to be used, nor provided evidence of such use. Allegedly seven PKK guerillas were killed in the gas attack. [3] These allegations motivated many Kurdish residents of the Dargecit District to take part in demonstrations condemning the Turkish military operation. [4] After thousands attended the funerals of the seven men, Turkish forces allegedly set up blockades within the Dargecit District and arrested 28 villagers. [5]

    Murat Karayilan, chairman of the Democratic Confederation of Kurdistan, was quoted by Firat (a pro-Kurdish European news agency) as saying, “There is some evidence indicating that the [Turkish] government has used chemical weapons against our legitimate defense forces during the fighting that took place in Kerboran [Dargecit District]. We call on human rights organizations and pro-democracy organizations to investigate those reports.” [6] Official Turkish sources have not commented on the incident.

    Turkey, as a member of the Chemical Weapons Convention, has sworn not to produce, stockpile, or use chemical weapons. In light of this commitment, the allegation of the PKK regarding the use of chemical weapons is serious. However, its failure to provide any evidence or details regarding the use of such weapons calls into question the validity of such claims. While the group has called for non-governmental organizations to investigate the matter, which is the only verification mechanism possible for such a claim by a non-state entity, the fact that the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by Turkey, other states in the region, as well as much of the West, makes such an investigation an unlikely possibility. Turkey’s silence on the allegation, while peculiar, suggests a belief that, with the PKK’s lack of credibility, the issue will blow over sooner if it does not draw attention to it.
    So the issue was ignored four and a half years ago.

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.be/2010/08/confirmed-turkey-used-chemical-weapons.html

  3. kruitvat says:

    Confirmed: Turkey used chemical weapons against Kurds (3)

    MP Andrej Hunko urged the German Foreign Ministry to file a complaint against Turkey with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague.

    A forensic report from Hamburg University Hospital confirmed that the eight Kurds had been murdered by “the use of chemical substances.”

    Turkish Kurdish human rights members delivered photos in March to a delegation of German politicians, Turkey specialists, and journalists. The bodies in the photos were severely deformed and torn to pieces; the photos formed the basis for the forensic report. Hans Baumann, a German expert on the authenticity of photos, confirmed that photos had not been doctored.

    The eight Kurdish PKK members were killed last September. The 31 photos, according to German media, are so disturbing that news organizations have been reluctant to publish them. The murdered PKK rebels – two women and six men – range in age from 19 to 33.
    Anyone want to bet that nowhere near as big a deal will be made about this as has been made about the nine ‘martyrs’ of the Mavi Marmara?

    http://israelmatzav.blogspot.be/2010/08/confirmed-turkey-used-chemical-weapons.html

  4. kruitvat says:

    TURKEY AND CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    Turkish media reports that recently (2011) in fact the Turkish army used Napalm or most of all phosphor related substances in their fight against the PKK guerilla. In other words so called thermal weapons which are not banned by any international treaty (unless you target civilians) – even if they are really inhuman.
    To clear up the confusion about thermal bombs and banned chemical weapons read our Document about “The Turkish army and their use of Chemical weapons”.
    Christopher Milroy, a professor of forensic pathology in the UK, went to the Kurdish region of Turkey in the early nineties to investigate use of chemical weapons. Here is an excerpt from an article he published, A secret and dirty war, in the British Medical Journal from July 1994:
    The Turkish authorities refused permission to examine the area where the alleged use of napalm took place. The area had been sealed off and the bodies of the victims had been buried in a mass grave, which had subsequently been concreted over. Nevertheless, a few relatives had been able to identify the victims from clothing or distinct features and removed the bodies for proper Islamic burial. All the bodies were described as severely burnt, without bullet wounds. We believed that the examination of the bodies would probably be obstructed, but hoped to interview relatives to obtain descriptions of the injuries. In Ankara we met human rights workers and then travelled to Kurdistan. We had already been told that arrest warrants had been issued against doctors, lawyers, and other human rights workers who had intended to accompany us.
    After a couple paragraphs describing how he and his team were harassed by police and security forces, Milroy continues with his accounts of interviews with family members.
    The next day we drove to Adiyaman, where we interviewed another relative of one of the victims. His description was again of bodies so charred that there were no recognisable features to permit a visual identification.

    http://www.pydrojava.net/en/index.php?option=com_content&id=90:turkey-and-chemical-weapons&catid=41:reports&Itemid=56

  5. kruitvat says:

    ‘Turkey investigates use of chemical weapons in Syria’

    May 1, 2013

    (Reuters) – Turkey is testing blood samples taken from Syrian casualties brought over the border from fighting in recent days to determine whether they were victims of a chemical weapons attack, local government and health officials said.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/01/us-syria-crisis-chemical-idUSBRE9400SY20130501

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