On 28 December 2011, thirty-four villagers, nineteen of them children, lost their lives as a result of being bombed by warplanes of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) near the village of Roboski in Şırnak (Şırnex), Uludere district.
Nine years have passed since the massacre however no one has been tried or held accountable for these crimes.
14 bar associations made a joint written statement about the Roboski Massacre regarding the search for justice and called for those responsibles to be judged.
“The investigation initiated by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office after the massacre has not been held properly” said the lawyers and criticized the decision of non-jurisdiction made .
The judicial process regarding the killing of 34 people was closed on the grounds that the Roboski incident was an “unavoidable mistake” by the Turkish army stated the lawyers and added.
“No matter how much time has passed since the Roboski massacre, people will continue to suffer if the perpetrators of this massacre are not punished, the families of the victims demand justice.
The Roboski massacre was a crime against humanity and the perpetrators and other persons responsible have to be identified and punished.” they stated.
The bar associations who signed the statement are as follows
Adıyaman (Semsur) Bar Association, Ağrı (Ararat) Bar Association, Batman (Elih) Bar Association, Bingöl (Çevlik) Bar Association, Bitlis (Bidlis) Bar Association, Tunceli (Dersim) Bar Association, Diyarbakır (Amed) Bar Association, Hakkari (Colemerg) Bar Association, Mardin (Merdin) Bar Association, Muş Bar Association, Siirt (Sert) Bar Association, Şırnak (Şırnex) Bar Association, Urfa (Riha) Bar Association, Van (Wan) Bar Association.