Bayık: United Nations should investigate Turkey’s war crimes

KCK Co-President Cemil Bayık stated that a special war regime is ruling Turkey and cannot solve the country’s problems. Bayık called upon democracy and leftist forces to unite against the AKP and the fascist Turkish regime.

KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık evaluated recent political developments to ANF. Bayık highlighted the intensified isolation of Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan, and said that the CPT’s visit to İmralı was overdue and made possible by the pressures of Kurdish people. Bayık stated that the CPT should inform the public about the conditions of Leader Öcalan as soon as possible.

KCK Co-President Cemil Bayık stated that a special war regime is ruling Turkey and could not solve the country’s problems. Bayık called upon democracy and leftist forces to unite against the AKP and the fascist Turkish regime. Bayık also said that the democratic self-administration resistance in North Kurdistan defeated the AKP, and called upon UN officials set up an international court to prosecute the perpetrators of the war crimes in Kurdistan.


The CPT carried out an overdue visit to İmralı Island after the pressures of Kurdish people and its allies. However, no statement on the visit has been made so far. Do you think that the CPT’s visit will yield any results for the struggle against the isolation in İmralı?

An international concept targeting our movement and people is at play, and Leader Apo is at the center of this concept. The isolation of Leader Apo is part of this concept and the genocidal policies carried out against our people. The treatment of Leader Apo enables us to understand the goals of the fascist and colonialist Turkish state, the capitalist modernity that supports it, and the state’s collaborators in Kurdistan. Leader Apo leads this movement and Kurdish people; any policy that targets him also targets our people. The treatment of Leader Apo will determine the course of the conflict, and Kurdish people and its allies supporting freedom, democracy, justice, equality and peace should understand the treatment of Leader Apo. The CPT was not visiting İmralı Island despite the struggle against the isolation of Leader Apo, and this shows that Erdoğan and the AKP are not the only forces carrying out the aforementioned concept. International conspirators work with the fascist and colonialist Turkish state, and the CPT had failed to visit the island as a result of the cooperation.


The CPT was forced to visit İmralı Island due to the pressures of Kurdish people and its allies. They would not have visited the island if our movement, people, allies – particularly the committee led by Nelson Mandela’s lawyer – had not struggled for this. This committee carried out several meetings in the European Council and forced the CPT to visit the island. This shows that an international concept targeting our Leader, movement and people has been at play. The CPT was expected to inform our people and the forces of democracy about its visit, but has failed to do so. What did they discuss with Leader Apo? What did they witness? For what reason did they meet with representatives from the Ministry of Justice and other state institutions? What were their goals? They should make a statement on these issues.


The Turkish state’s policies crippled Leader Apo’s attempts to transform the mentality in Turkey, democratize the country, and solve the Kurdish question and other issues through democratic and peaceful means. Our movement made important advances in Turkish society, the Middle East, and the international arena. Forces behind the international conspiracy felt threatened by these advances and decided to wage war right before the attacks on Kobane. Actually, the ISIS attacks on Kobane were coordinated by Erdoğan and constituted the implementation of the aforementioned war. This is why Erdoğan said ‘Kobane is about to fall.’ He wanted Afrin to fall after Kobane; this would mean the end of Rojava revolution. The revolution in North Kurdistan would be crushed afterwards, and Erdoğan was coordinating all of these efforts.


Of course, AKP officials did not see the self-administration resistance coming. They thought that they could implement their ‘Collapse Plan’ successfully, but the resistance upset their plan. Their declaration of war received a blow in Kobane and later on June 7. The third blow came with the self-administration resistance, which was victorious despite heavy losses. The resistance won against their ‘Collapse Plan’ and brought victory to the Kurdish Freedom Movement and Kurdish people. The resistance here is not just for Kurdish people but also for democracy and freedom in Turkey. Valuable people and politicians such as Mehmet Tunç, Asya Yüksel and Pakize Nayır participated in this resistance along with young people, women and even children.


Kurdish people and democracy forces should strengthen their solidarity and enhance their mobilization and struggle. Kurdish people should share their opportunities in a more united manner and not allow others to settle in their cities, neighborhoods and villages. We should not allow TOKİ settlements in destroyed areas and do everything to stop the genocidal attacks of colonialist Turkish forces and their Kurdish collaborators. These forces do not only carry out physical massacres, they also try to assimilate us and change the demographics of the region. They want to expulse Kurdish people from their lands and cripple their economy. They say that Kurdish people will surrender, deny their own existence and serve the Turkish state, or be killed.


Kurdish people should stand up for their honor, identity, and values. This may be costly, both mentally and materially. However, nobody should compromise the resistance since Kurdish people cannot live without their identity, culture, language, and values. Kurdish people can only live in their own villages, lands, cities, and neighborhoods in Kurdistan. We should ensure victory after decades of struggle and sacrifice; we cannot accept anything that does not serve our victory. Kurdish people cannot allow TOKİ plans to construct housing projects in Kurdistan and fill them with Arabs from Syria. We have to resist in an organized and disciplined manner. We will be victorious if we strengthen our solidarity and share our opportunities. Our victory will also benefit the peoples of the Middle East and humanity at large.


Resistance may have been limited in its scope so far, but must now spread across the cities and villages of Kurdistan and Turkey. Resistance can take the form of marches, protests, uprisings, democratic actions and solidarity. It can also take the form of military action, which will bring the people and the guerillas together. No force can stand in the way of the union of Kurdish people, leftist democracy forces and the peoples of Turkey.


Recently, the UN Human Rights Commissioner made a statement and highlighted the Turkish state’s savagery in Cizre. The AKP had committed crimes against humanity and targeted civilians during the self-administration resistance. How do you evaluate this statement? Human rights organizations had been silent despite the clear savagery in Cizre and Sur. Do you think there will be a process of prosecution of these war crimes and the crimes against humanity?

The UN stated that 100 people were burnt alive in Cizre and they have documents proving this massacre. UN officials also requested the investigation of the events by an independent committee from the Turkish state, which continues to refuse this request. Turkey does not allow an independent investigation because it would expose the genocide it carries out in Kurdistan. The massacres reached the agenda of the UN despite the Turkish state’s efforts to conceal them. I believe that other international organizations also have documents shedding light on the massacre in Cizre. They had been silent on the issue and seeming like they were approving Turkish atrocities, which encouraged Erdoğan, the AKP, and the fascist and colonialist Turkish state. This is why they were burning people alive, dismembering bodies, displaying the naked bodies of female fighters, dragging the dead bodies of Kurdish fighters, and destroying houses and towns. They executed pregnant women, older people, cats, dogs, sheep, goats and cows. Even Hitler was not as brutal as Erdoğan and did not carry out acts such as the ones the fascist and colonialist Turkish state carried out in Kurdistan!


If representatives of international institutions such as the UN, European Council and international courts visit Kurdistan and investigate what transpired in places such as Cizre, Sur, Silopi, Gever, Şırnak, Nusaybin, Hezex and Silvan, they will see that hundreds of people and houses were burnt, and that state forces committed countless of crimes against Kurdish people and humanity. War crimes of the Turkish state should be investigated, exposed and prosecuted. The UN’s statements are overdue but positive. UN officials should not stop there and set up an international court to prosecute the perpetrators of the war crimes in Kurdistan. This is what we want, this is what Kurdish people want, and this is what democracy forces want.


Kurdish people, social institutions, democracy forces, and human rights organizations in Turkey should focus on this issue. Lawyers must act and bring these massacres to the agenda of international organizations. International war tribunals should take action and fulfill their duty against Kurdish people and humanity at large. The UN’s statement was a result of the work of lawyers and human rights organizations. I believe that an international tribunal will be set up if these efforts increase and reach a wider audience.

Turkey has carried out massacres and genocides targeting Armenian, Assyrian, Alevi, Greek and other peoples historically, but none of these atrocities have been investigated. This lack of punishment enabled the Turkish state to repeat its genocides and even kill its own President and Chief of Staff. Turkish officials can plan new massacres because of this lack of investigation, but humanity can no longer tolerate this. The only way for preventing further genocides by Turkey and serving Kurdish and Turkish people is to investigate previous genocides and bring their perpetrators to justice.