On the 43rd anniversary of Turkey’s 12 September 1980 military coup, demands have escalated to transform Diyarbakır Military Prison No. 5 into a ‘human rights abuses museum’ and for the drafting of a new, democratic constitution in the country to protect the rights of all citizens and prevent such atrocities from reoccurring.
With the 19 September disarmament deadline approaching set by Tehran for Iranian-Kurdish opposition groups operating in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the region remains on high alert.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Foreign Minister has said Iraq’s constitution prohibits foreign entities from using Iraqi soil to conduct attacks on neighbouring countries, and urges Iran to refrain from attacks.
Elsewhere, severe human rights abuses are reported in the Turkish-occupied region of Afrin in Syria, including forced displacements, kidnappings, and sexual violence.
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