Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

The emergence of legal Kurdish parties and the frequent occurrence of death squad-style political assassinations were two developments in Turkey’s political life during the 1990s. For the first time in Turkey’s history, there was a group in the parliament that represented -- if only implicitly -- Kurdish nationalist opinion and systematically protested humans rights violations against Kurds. At the same time, a number of influential Kurdish political and community leaders were killed, many of their deaths described as “murders by unknown actors” because the police usually failed to find the assassins.

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How to cite this article:

Martin Van Bruinessen "Turkey’s Death Squads," Middle East Report 199 (Summer 1996).