What's Happening in Xerabê Bava? We demand urgent information from reliable sources

For the last nine days, there have been no communications with people in Xerabê Bava (Kuruköy), a village in Turkey's southeastern district of Mardin-Nusaybin, that is under round-the-clock military curfew and has been cut off from electrical and telephone services in the region.

Gory images and videos on social media, posted with the title 'Images taken by soldiers', and allegations are extremely serious. There have been claims that all Xerabê Bava inhabitants have been gathered in one house, their phones have been collected, and some are being systematically tortured and executed.

A delegation consisting of our deputies was denied entry to the village yesterday. The fact that deputies are denied entry to the village raises suspicion the allegations of human rights abuses might be real. Besides our deputies' attempt to talk with the governor and the Ministry of Interior were ignored. Our deputies remain at the village's perimeters and despite their efforts to collect information, no concrete progress has been made.

If these allegations are correct, the residents of Xerabê Bava are being subjected to inhumane treatment. What we know from 1990s and experienced in the last two years increase our concerns regarding this matter.

We urge international organizations as well as all democratic entities and peace coalitions to immediately investigate the allegations regarding Xerabê Bava. We cannot remain silent in the face of oppression and attempted massacres.

Peoples' Democratic Party
Central Executive Board
19 February 2017