Amnesty International has issued another urgent action today, this time a plea to save 24 people stranded and injured in the city of Cizre.
An estimated 24 injured people are stranded in a building’s basement in the town of Cizre, Şırnak province, in south-eastern Turkey. Some of them are seriously injured and require emergency medical care. Four people among the injured have reportedly died from their injuries while waiting for emergency medical care. The town of Cizre has been under a 24-hour curfew since 14 December as police and army conduct operations against the armed group Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H).
Amnesty has called on its membership worldwide to call on Turkish authorities:
- Urging the Turkish authorities to immediately ensure ambulances’ access to the building where the injured are currently located and ensure that all necessary emergency and other medical treatment is provided to all the injured;
- Calling on them to ensure that emergency medical treatment is provided at all times to all those who need it in areas under curfew;
- Urging them not to use firearms except in the event of imminent threat of death or serious injury, to cease the use of artillery in Cizre and to ensure prompt, independent and impartial investigations into deaths and injuries that have occurred in curfew areas.
For information on how to participate in this urgent action, please see here
The Turkish version of the campaign can be found here.