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Alleged Turkish war crimes in northern Iraq

EDM (Early Day Motion) 316: tabled on 19 July 2022

Tabled in the 2022-23 session.

This motion has been signed by 14 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House puts on record its profound concerns about repeated allegations from various credible sources of the use by the Turkish armed forces of chemical weapons in its ongoing military operation against the Kurds in northern Iraq, known by Kurds as southern Kurdistan, and elsewhere in that region; notes the report by Steve Sweeney, Collusion, Conspiracy and Corruption: an on the ground report into Turkish war crimes and use of Chemical weapons, published by Peace in Kurdistan, which details eye-witness reports; expresses its dismay at the response to date of governments worldwide, including by the British Government, to these allegations of breaches of international law by Turkey; calls on the Government to support a full and thorough investigation by the responsible agencies into the alleged incidents to substantiate the facts by gathering evidence as soon as is possible; recognising that it can be in nobody’s interest to ignore such serious allegations; and further calls upon the Government to exert its influence on Turkey to halt its operations to allow an investigation to be conducted.