FIOE: The tragic bombardment in Turkey must be investigated, and civilian lives protected

With immense pain, the Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe received those reports that spoke of dozens of Kurdish civilian victims in an air raid by the Turkish military on a border area with Iraq.

While the Federation extends its profound condolences to the families of the victims in this painful incident, it considers that this tragedy requires the Turkish authorities to complete the investigation they announced to uncover the circumstances, and determine where responsibility lies. In all cases, the immunity of civilians to any targeting must be assured, in the hope of preventing the blood of brethren from being shed, and putting an urgent end to armed confrontations.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe looks forward to rapid action, on the part of parliament, government, and authorities in Turkey, in instituting wise and effective reforms relating to the Kurdish question, so as to reinforce internal accord within the Turkish Republic with its diverse constituents, and respond to the commitments to civil, cultural, and social rights, as well as human rights standards, for all citizens.

Brussels, 31 December 2011

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

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