Missing persons

More than 1,000 persons including civilians are still missing. Turkey refuses to cooperate in ascertaining their fate despite evidence showing many persons captured by the Turkish military prior to their enforced disappearance.

Evidence from testimonials, media accounts, and records of the International Red Cross show that missing persons were in Turkish custody under life threatening circumstances at the time of their disappearance.

Of the persons missing:

  • 61 percent are military personnel
  • 29 percent are civilians, including 116 females and 27 persons under the age of 16

A decision of the European Court of Human Rights on 10 May 2001 found Turkey guilty of major violations of the European Convention including:

  • A continuing violation of article 2 of the Convention (right to life), because of the failure of the Turkish authorities to conduct an effective investigation on the fate of the missing
  • A continuing violation of article 5 (right to liberty and security)
  • A continuing violation of article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment)

The original number of 1,619 missing has declined as the remains of have been identified by the forensic anthropology team working on behalf of the United Nations and the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP).