Turkey: iaIGO Denounces Suicide Attack in Suruc which Killed 32 Civilians

Turkey: iaIGO Denounces Suicide Attack in Suruc which Killed 32 Civilians 25 July 2015

The International Gulf Organization for Human Rights (iaIGO) strongly condemns the suicide bomb attack a group of activists in the town of Suruc, Turkey which killed at least 32 people mostly university aged students.

A bomb blast recently tore through a group of university-aged students from an activist group in Suruc, Turkey a border town with Syria. The group had gathered to plan a trip to assist in rebuilding the nearby Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani. The suicide attacked killed 32 civilians mostly young students and injuring over 100 others.

Though no confirmation has yet been made as to those responsible for the attack, many suspect the explosion bore the hallmarks of ISIL. The extremists group has been battling with Syrian Kurds to take control of Kobani for a few years now and the continuous fighting coupled with arial bombings by pro-government forces has forced millions of Syrians to move across the border into Turkey. There are currently over 1.8 million Syrian refuges in Turkey most of whom are in Suruc.

iaIGO for Human Rights reiterates that terrorism is a big threat to political stability and rule of law in a country and that terrorist activities such as suicide bomb attacks like the one that occurred in Turkey, is a means used by extremist groups to sow seeds of terror and fear among peaceful citizens. iaIGO for Human Rights strongly condemns these suicide attacks and views it as a total violation of international rights laws against terrorism. The 1997 Terrorist Bombing Convention condemns “the unlawful and intentional use of arms and explosives in public places to kill, to injure or to cause extensive destruction to compel a government or organization to do or abstain from doing some act,” citing it as a crime against humanity. The convention further calls on all member states to investigate and take necessary actions to prosecute those responsible.

The recent suicide attack in Turkey is possible evidence of ISIL militants in the country thereby posing a great threat to the safety and security of its citizens. Several claims have been made alleging that IS could have been involved in previous attacks in Turkey, such as the Reyhanli massacre in 2013 – when more than 50 people were killed in two simultaneous explosions – or the bombing of a pro-Kurdish HDP election rally in Diyarbakır last month.

Therefore, iaIGO calls on Turkish authorities to promptly investigate the suicide attack on in Suruc and to hold accountable the perpetrators and organizers of these terrible crime. iaIGO further calls on the UN Security Council, all regional and international organizations and institutions to work collaboratively  in tackling the ongoing acts of terrorism and activities of ISIL and other terrorist organizations in the Middle East. iaIGO for Human Rights also express their sincere sympathy and extended their deepest condolences to the families of the victims.