Secret gov’t report found in second-hand bookstore details Turkey’s ‘psychological’ activity against PKK

Pro-Kurdish DEM Party deputy Pervin Buldan has brought the  “top secret” “Psychological Impact Report,” found recently in a second-hand book shop, to the attention of the parliament. Buldan requested to investigate the deaths of prolific Kurdish businesspeople in the 90s in light of the recently discovered document. 

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Pervin Buldan, a deputy of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Equality and Democracy (DEM) Party, on April 26 brought the “Psychological Impact Report” dated 1992 that detailed the Turkish government’s activity against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to the parliament’s attention. 

The report, dated 1992 and marked “top secret,” was recently discovered in a second-hand book store. It was among the books brought in from former Turkish President Turgut Özal’s vacated home in the capital province of Ankara. 

The “Psychological Impact Report” included statements that linked the suspicious Kurdish businesspeople deaths of the 90s with the National Security Council. 

The report delegates the duty of “instating government authority by cracking the influence of Kurdish family leaders,” and “taking special measures against the businesspeople known to support the organization (PKK),” to the gendarmerie forces. 

“By the consecutive unidentified assassinations and forced disappearances of Kurdish businesspeople starting in 1993, just a year after the report was penned, we can deduce the extent of the special measures outlined in it,” noted Buldan.  

She continued that the report has officially verified the suspicions of such a list of business people that were killed. 

Buldan submitted parliamentary questions to be answered by the Justice Ministry and the Vice President. 

She asked whether there were any plans to reopen investigations and legal cases in light of the recently uncovered report

The deputy also requested the formation of a parliamentary investigation commission to study human rights violations that pervaded the 90s. 

During the 90s, hundreds of Kurdish people became victims of enforced disappearances in Turkey, abducted by JİTEM, a clandestine state security unit.