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Human Rights Violations Against Kurds in Turkey
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NameHuman Rights Violations Against Kurds in Turkey
DescriptionReport Presented to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2-13 October 2006, Warsaw, Poland

KHRP continues to make submissions to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and actively participates in the OSCE Human Dimension Mechanisms in order to stress its concern that some member states, in particular Turkey but also including Armenia and Azerbaijan , are not fulfilling their OSCE obligations and adhering to internationally accepted human rights standards.

Since the foundation of the Turkish Republic in 1923, Turkey has not recognised the existence of a separate Kurdish ethnic community within its borders. Over 20 million Kurds presently live in Turkey , who for decades have been subjected to economic disadvantage and human rights violations which bear the hallmarks of systematic persecution intent on destroying Kurdish identity. Over the past year, Turkey has made some gains in the quest for equality for the Kurds, but much work remains. Several high-profile trials have put Turkey 's reluctance to embrace certain freedoms in the international spotlight.

In its goal to join the EU, Turkey has enacted reforms that it says were designed to liberalise and open its political system. However, during the last year as Turkey has slid into its old habits of torture, repression, the denial of freedom of expression and association and discrimination against Kurdish people, concerns have been raised that Turkey's reforms were merely superficial and designed to give the appearance of change, without any substantive alterations to either the political system or the everyday lives of Kurds living in the country.

This report focuses on the extent to which Turkey has fulfilled the commitments it has entered into as an OSCE state with regard to topics such as national minorities, the rule of law, the prevention of torture and IDPs. It also makes recommendations for enhancing Turkey 's compliance in the future and suggestions as to where OSCE initiatives may be used to provide support and assistance to achieve such objectives.

KHRP encourages the member states of the OSCE to give their most urgent consideration to the situation faced by Kurds in Turkey and to assist the Turkish Government to end these human rights violations.

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