Following a recent, reported, significant increase in casualties in Turkish military operations in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Human Rights Association of Turkey (IHD) has sounded the alarm.
In line with its long-standing, publically-stated position, the IHD reiterated the need to resolve the Kurdish question through peaceful and diplomatic means. The recent spike in deaths has prompted an urgent call by the association for immediate, coordinated action by political actors, civil society organisations and trade unions to mitigate further loss of life and restore social equilibrium.
In a statement, the IHD stressed the urgent need to move away from security-centred political approaches and the entrenchment of conflict, as such approaches fuel the growth of divisive, nationalist sentiments and exacerbate the gravity of the situation.
“Everyone and every organisation must do their part to find a peaceful solution without delay,” IHD said, concluding the statement with a call for “peace now”.