Political Femicide Against Kurdish Leaders Remains in Impunity

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Source: Colombia Informa / The Dawn News / January 10, 2018

On January 9, 2013 Sakine Cansız, Fidan Doğan and Leyla Şaylemez were in the Information Center of Kurdistan in Paris. Each received a bullet to the head. This occurred in the midst of a ceasefire and of some peace negotiations between armed groups of Kurdistan and the Turkish Government.

The information available leads to believe that the political assassination of these three Kurdish militants was orchestrated by the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati -MIT- or the National Intelligence Organization, the Turkish secret service. It is then curious that the MIT can operate in total violation of International Law on French land without have creating a scandal.

The case is destined for impunity since the supposed material author, Ömer Güney, was arrested January 21, 2013 and died of natural causes on October 17, 2017. The trial had been set for January 23 of that year.

The Committee of Women in Solidarity with Kurdistan of Argentina, in their declaration related to the commemoration of the five years of this crime manifested that “if the investigation was concluded in May of 2015 and it was public knowledge that Güney has grave health problems, why was the trial date set so far away?

On January 7, 2018 thousands of people took the streets of the French capital to demand justice. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of Turkey, finished his official visit to Emmanuel Macron, his French counterpart. In this meeting, according to the official agenda, they dealt with human rights issues.

Ali Dogan, brother of Fidan Dogan and who was present in the manifestation on the 7th, declared that he no longer believe in France. “I saw the press conference between Erdogan and Macron yesterday. It is sad that they did not mention the assassination of my sister. They hide the truth from us and France has not wanted to share information in order to protect its interests,” he denounced.

Melike Yasar, representative of the National Congress of Kurdistan (a civil organization that mobilizes internationally for the cause of the Kurdish people) pointed out that “there are recordings, photos and videos that show the planning of this murder and the linking with the Turkish intelligence groups. However, they have not advanced with the investigation and they won’t reveal information about it. Last year the Turkish President went to Paris and negotiated there, they will sell weapons to Turkey so France will be silent again.

A point of interest between Turkey and France is the immigration issue. The Government of Ankara and the European Union signed a multimillionaire agreement where the country basically promises to contain the migratory waves in its territory. Human Rights Organizations denounce that Europe uses Turkey to do its dirty work instead of assuming its responsibilities due to the thousands of people that want to migrate due to the military and economic war that they live under.

Sakine Cansiz was the founder of the Kurdish Workers’ Party – PKK-, raised in arms since 1978. In 2013 the PKK was in peace talks and this assassination could have had as an objective, by the Turkish government, the rupture of the dialogue.

Fidel Dogan was a representative of the National Kurdish Congress -KNK- in Paris. The KNK was founded in 1985 as a civil entity where representatives of distinct sectors of Kurdistan participate. It has the objective to create unity between the Kurdish struggles, divided by the colonial occupation between Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran.

Leyla Şaylemez was a young internationalist who worked with youth movements on feminist and anti-capitalist issues in Paris.

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