Human Rights watch groups such as Amensity International report widespread human rights violations as a result of the use of excessive force by Turkish Police responding to the continued protests that began with a peaceful sit in protest in Gezi Park in Taksim, Istanbul. The group was protesting the current adminstration's intent to demolish the park and replace it with a shopping center . The excessive use of force on the part of Turkish Police has led to an escalation of protests and more violent response on the part of the the Turkish administration. We are urging The United Nations to act to help prevent further violence and mediate a peaceful resolution to these protests without further harm to public health, safety and the stability of the region. The latest response to The Soma mine disaster protestors is an indication that the handling of protests through force is only escalating violent confrontations that are opening the door to further human rights violations by law enforcement. Please act to curtail further harm to the people of the Turkish Republic.
- President of the United Nations Human Rights Council
Hon. Remigiusz Achilles Henczel
I am writing to request the United Nations Humans Rights Council take urgent steps to initiate a UN resolution for an Independent International Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Violations by police during the continuing anti-government protest crisis in the Republic of Turkey that began with the Gezi Park protest crisis.
The UN Human Rights Council must act to prevent further deaths and injuries to protesters and innocent people in the Republic of Turkey. No victim of human rights violations can file a complaint in the current environment of brutal police crackdown and censorship. The misuse of crowd control equipment and the use of rubber bullets, which can main and kill protesters, cannot be investigated. Misuse of rubber bullets has caused blindness, permanent injury, and death and anyone disagreeing is immediately fired or jailed. The Prime Minister, who is demanding this continued militant crackdown on the nonviolent citizens protesting his regime, is attacking everyone protesting his statements or policies with police brutality. The situation is escalating daily.
Amnesty International Reported that during last years protests people were being taken into custody without access to medical care, and human rights watch groups report that detainees are being held in inhumane conditions with no access to water, food, or toilets.
I have watched the events unfold with grave concern and a feeling of horror and helplessness. Please take whatever action you can to insure that victims are able to report these complaints. Please don’t stand silent any longer.
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