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European court condemns Turkey for death of wounded Kurdish teen

By Rudaw 28/1/2016
A mourner at Huseyin Paksoy’s coffin.
A mourner at Huseyin Paksoy’s coffin.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has criticized Turkey for failing to safeguard “the life and integrity” of a wounded Kurdish boy, who died after police refused to allow ambulance workers entry to a curfew zone in the town of Cizire.

Huseyin Paksoy, 16, died four days after he was wounded in the foot after his family home was allegedly bombed by the special operation police on January 14, according to his brother’s statement to the Turkish media.

Mesut Paksoy told media outlets on Sunday that authorities prevented ambulance workers from entering the neighborhood where his injured brother was waiting for help.

Huseyin died only hours after the court had ruled on the matter, according to Mesut, who said the life of his brother could have been saved if police had allowed the ambulance to enter the district.

“Huseyin was wounded after our home in Cizire was targeted by artillery. I immediately dialed 112, but they said I should first contact the police and I did, but the first ambulance came four days later on January 18,” Mesut told local media on Sunday.

“The Court has given the decisions of interim measures regarding the Turkish government in responsibility of right to life and the right to protect the physical integrity” of Paksoy, who died on January 18, an ECHR ruling states.

This is the ECHR’s second ruling regarding the curfews in Turkey’s Kurdish cities, where an estimated 1.5 million people in 19 Kurdish districts are subject to the military curfews.

Around 10,000 Turkish military personnel have been deployed in the curfew zones, where daily clashes between guerrillas of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Turkish army have claimed hundreds of dead, including 162 civilians, according to Turkish Human Rights Foundation (TIHV).

According to TIHV, of the 162 civilians who died in the clashes, 32 were children, 29 were women and 24 were above the age of 60.

A new round of clashes started in July last year when a peace accord between the PKK and Ankara ended violently, with both sides accusing the other of undermining the terms of the previous agreement.

At least 200,000 people, mostly Kurds, have been displaced since the fighting began, according to the Migrants Association for Social Cooperation and Culture (Goc-Der).

“The international community will not be silent forever,” the Turkish political author Cunaid Olsagar told Rudaw in a phone interview about the ECHR ruling.

“The Court’s ruling is a starting point which puts pressure on Turkey about the curfews and the indiscriminate killings,” Olsagar said.

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Anatolia | 28/1/2016
Turkey is the most barbaric nation on the planet. The lové to kill, they exterminate Armenian, the Greeks, the Christian. They must be send back to Mongolia with their horses. Anatolia is not Turkish. Turks are colonized Anatolia and northern Kurdistan. Free Kurdistan!
qalla | 28/1/2016
Doesn't mean sh*t because Turkey has been condemned hundreds and hundreds of times by ECHR. In fact I think they top the list of countries with most guilty verdicts. A horrific human right record and they keep getting rewarded by the same Europeans!
Rawand Yousif | 28/1/2016
and yesterday the EU labeled the PKK terrorists while announcing more and better cooperation with the Islamist Turkish government
kur basar | 28/1/2016
Terrorism is a crime & terrorists are criminals, and there is no shadow of doubt about that. The terrorists bury their victims alive, they drag their injured innocent victims behind their armor vehicles and let them to die at the street. They cut their victims heads & take pictures with it as a trophy, they expose nude body of their female victims at the city squares for as an example and they use deadly poisonous gas for to kill their victims same cockroaches (Dersim, year 1938). They burn the orchards & houses of their innocent victims w/ the people or livestock in it (year 1990, they ground razed 3500 hundred Kurdish villages), and after all of their heinous crimes they go to the Masques, for to pray to their Bedouin Arab prophet who was looter & warmonger Allah. These terrorists are barbarians of the Turkish state, who are supporters of the ISIL savage cutthroats and hypocrite civilized world know about all of their crimes but support them. God help the Kurds
Biji Kurdistan | 28/1/2016
Deaths like this happen daily in Bakur and to children much younger than 16. Still, all the Turkish trolls on this website want Kurds to believe that the Turkish government has Kurds best interests at heart,while they block civilians from medical treatment and bomb Kurdish homes with impunity, all the while they try to silence Kurdish political parties and paint dead innocent civilians as "terrorists". I bet the AKP Trolls are already trying to find a way to twist the blame for this tragic death on the PKK.
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