German Officals Demand Investigation Into Turkish Military’s Use of Chemical Weapons

August 13, 2010

Photo credit: James (Jim) Gordon

(ChattahBox) – German officials are demanding a full investigation after authenticating a collection of photos that seem to show the Turkish military using chemical weapons against Kurdish Worker Party (PKK) rebels, a claim they have denied in the past.

The images are gruesome: bodies showing the unmistakable signs of severe chemical burns, some so bad that the skin has melted and re-fused, no longer recognizable as a person, but more as a mass of flesh.

It isn’t the first time that Turkey has been accused of using these horrible weapons against PKK rebels, and human rights activists are in an uproar after Germany officially announced that the photos showing the maimed bodies appear to be genuine.

Autopsy reports on the bodies have also shown that the eight bodies had burns which were indeed most likely caused by the use of harmful chemicals.

If true, Turkey will have violated the ratified Chemical Weapons Convention, and then tried to cover it up by ordering all records related to the autopsies performed in their country to be sealed.

“The latest findings are so spectacular that the Turkish side urgently needs to explain things. It is impossible to understand why an autopsy of the PKK fighters was ordered but the results kept under seal,” Claudia Roth of Germany’s Green Party was quoted by Spiegal Online.

The Turkish leadership has refused to comment on the long-since issued accusations of war crimes against the Kurds, and has been mostly silent on the latest scandal. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will only say that it is “PKK propaganda”, avoiding any questions to back up this claim.


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