Justice For Roboski Initiative: The state does not take steps for justice

The Justice for Roboski Initiative blamed state authorities for "generating impunity" but not justice during a protest that marked the 131st week of the massacre.

Turkish fighter jets killed 34 people, 19 of whom were minors, in the Roboski village of Şırnak's Uludere district on December 28, 2011.

The Justice for Roboski Initiative made a statement at the Ankara office of the Human Rights Association (IHD) to mark the 131st week of the massacre.

A banner reading “Find the Murderers! Roboski, Never Again” was displayed during the statement.

Diyarbakir Bar Association’s former president, Tahir Elçi, who was murdered in the Sur district on November 28, 2015, was also commemorated by the initiative.

Delivering a speech, IHD member Tanju Gündüzalp addressed the policy of impunity, saying, “Zilan, Dersim, Koçgiri, Koçağıl, Piran, Çorum, Maraş, the unsolved murders of the 90s, Roboski, the murder of Tahir Elçi… The responsibility of state officials can be seen in all of them, but the truth is concealed in all murders and massacres. Geography is not destiny and the prosecution of Roboski perpetrators would mark a threshold to prevent these sufferings from emerging again.”

“It is a responsibility for each of us and every institution that prioritizes human rights to demand investigations into all the dirty formations and developments that produce wars,” Gündüzalp said.

“War is the biggest problem that prevents people from leading a happy, fair and humane life. The state does not take steps for justice and impunity prevails. There has been no justice in the case of Tahir Elçi 7 years after his murder, although all the facts are reported in the file technologically,” Gündüzalp added.