Joint statement from HDK and HDP: Stop the torture at the borders

  • actual
  • 11:43 6 August 2022
  • |
İSTANBUL - The HDK Migration and Refugees Council and HDP Migration and Refugees Commission stated that the use of borders by states as a "security" area provides favorable conditions for gangs, and that Turkey turns a blind eye to crimes at the border.
Peoples' Democratic Congress (HDK) Migration and Refugees Assembly and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Migration and Refugees Commission issued a written statement after the footage of the inhumane torture and ill-treatment of refugees on Turkey's Iran border were spread on social media platforms. In the statement, it was stated that the states, including Turkey, have been persecuting refugees under the name of "security" for many years who have been made a subject of bargaining, and it was emphasized that these practices against refugees brutally violated their human rights.
In the statement, it was stated that the footage of torture and ransom demands made on refugees by human smugglers at the Iranian border revealed the extent of human rights violations, and the following statements were made: “Security measures at the border areas by states and the European Union provides favorable conditions for human smugglers and human trafficking gangs at the Turkey-Greece and Turkey-Iran borders. Refugees die drowning in the Aegean Sea, Maritza River and Lake Van, and freezing in Ipsala or Van due to Turkey's refusal to recognize their refugee status."
The reports of the investigations carried out on the Van border and the observations of the local people have shown that the human smugglers have international networks, both in the border area on the Iranian side and on the Turkish side, state officials condone or cooperate with the smugglers' crimes. The deaths of which smugglers are the perpetrators, and sexual violence against women and girls, have come to light in Van, Edirne and other regions.”
In the statement, it was stated that the refugees' experience at the borders are mainly due to the war and occupation policies of President Erdogan and the Ministry of Interior, which continued as follows, "The fact that the imperialist powers that create, cause or participate in migration do not recognize the asylum law, do not apply the asylum procedures, and violate the principle of non-refoulement cost refugees their lives. They must return from this mistake before it's too late, torture at the borders should be stopped, and human smugglers should receive the punishment they deserve. Refugees cannot be left to persecution policies caused by states and their bargains under the name of security. Policies and practices that put people's lives at risk should be abandoned. There must be a united fight against border regimes that produce violence, exploitation and racism and and those who migrate due to war, conflict and political oppression should have access to their rights."

View More Articles

16:12 'Every day spent in front of the courthouse is a shame for those who rule Turkey'
16:09 Turkey ranks 11th in individual armament: It is used against women
14:41 Iran attacked bases of Kurdish parties: 7 dead, 25 injured
11:39 Political prisoners: We are faced to face with an execution system unlike any other in anywhere in the world
11:19 Political prisoner released after 30 years: It was sorrow and joy intertwined
10:46 Justice Bureau co-chairs lost their lives in Turkey's attack
18:01 'The withdrawal of Davutoğlu's testimony decision is scandalous'
17:30 Moghaddam: Iran failed to lose the motivation of the protesters
15:56 The Supreme Court applied against the acquittal of the 'good boys'.
15:30 HDP's visit to Şenyaşar family
15:16 Lawyers of Öcalan submits new application for a visit in İmralı
13:51 301 penalty request for Çağlar Demirel
12:53 Turkish State's 'illegal radios' are making propaganda
11:36 KJAR member Şaho: There is a rebellion against the system in Iran
17:06 Dişarı, a Democratic Modernity worker, was arrested
17:03 The prosecutor will give his opinion regarding the case against Kulp Municipality Co-mayors
16:04 Semra Güzel has been held in a solitary cell for 23 days
15:19 Emine Şenyaşar: Why don't you find the massacre footage?
15:15 Prison request for Peace Group member Tunç
14:37 Erdogan's 'adopted daughter' turned the confiscated real estate into a guest house
13:22 After TJA conference: We will defeat evil with female power
12:05 Baskın Oran: Alliance for Labor and Freedom is the key to the country's liberation
09:12 Balaç on death fast sent back to prison
19:02 Labor and Freedom Alliance: Joint struggle will be a step towards democratization
16:34 Condemnation to the confiscation of Xwebûn Newspaper: We will continue to write
16:09 Prisoners are held in cells in Ereğli High Security Prison
15:47 Death under suspicious circumstances in prison: he didn't commit suicide, he was murdered
13:13 Şenyaşar family: Those who stand against this power will lose
12:56 Doğanoğlu: Prescription application violates legal security
11:52 Protersters in Iran: Our only demand is regime change
10:53 Scabies outbreak in prison: Administration confiscated cleaning and bathroom supplies
09:24 Mazlum Abdi's support for protests in Iran
09:21 The family's resistance paid off: Hatice Ay laid to rest with slogans
16:07 Ferit Şenyaşar: The political intervention on the case should be lifted
16:03 Turkish airstrike on Shengal
15:59 New application submitted by Öcalan's family and legal guardian
15:41 KDP is establishing a base area on the hill where the soldiers were shot
15:40 Demirtaş and Mızraklı shaves their head for Jîna Mahsa Amini
15:28 Attorney Şakar: Committee of Ministers cannot act as if there is no ECtHR decision
13:49 HDP Closure Case: State mobilized for the HDP closure case
17:38 HDP to Iranian women: Your rebellion is our rebellion
17:04 Musa Anter Case: The struggle for truth and justice will continue
12:52 Lawyers of Öcalan submits new application for a visit in İmralı
12:51 Kurdish activist Raşin: Anger is so strong in the streets of Iran
12:02 One person arrested in Yüksekova
11:49 RAWA: Resistance in Iran will lead to gains in Afghanistan
11:47 Şakar: CPT and ECtHR are responsible for isolation in Imrali
16:45 Memkava under military blockade
15:37 Police attacks Saturday Mothers
14:35 Visit to Emine Şenyaşar from ÖHD and Rosa Women's Association