PACE urges probe into deadly Turkey deportation

The Council of Europe's parliamentary body has called for an investigation into the deaths of four people while they were reportedly being forcibly deported by Turkish police to neighboring Iraq earlier this month.

PACE urges probe into deadly Turkey deportation
A statement by Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Migration Committee Chairman Corien Jonker said Turkish authorities should immediately launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the tragic incident which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said took place on April 23. "The right to life is at the cornerstone of the European Convention on Human Rights and if the allegations are confirmed, this is unfortunately another example of reckless disregard to the right to life of irregular migrants," said the Danish deputy in the statement, released on Monday.

Citing eyewitnesses, the UNHCR said last week that four people, including an Iranian national, recognized as a refugee by the UN refugee agency, drowned after being forced by Turkish police to cross a fast-flowing river on the border with Iraq. According to UNHCR, the Turkish authorities had earlier attempted to forcibly deport 60 people of various nationalities to Iraq through the official border crossing. The Iraqi border authorities allowed 42 Iraqis to enter the country but refused to admit 18 Iranian and Syrian nationals. The Turkish police then took the 18 to a place where a river separates the two countries and forced them to swim across, following which four of them drowned.

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