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To the Turkish government:
Government Agency for Internally
Promptly establish the proposed government
agency for IDPs. This body should:
publish a clear statement of government policy
prepare a timetable for the return process;
clarify government commitments to provide
infrastructure to returnee communities, including electricity, water,
sanitation, telephone connection, road access and access to health care and
- ensure that adequate resources are available to
ensure that all returning families have sufficient building materials to
establish warm, and dry accommodation; and,
publish detailed budget provisions to cover
payments under the Compensation Law, infrastructure reconstruction, income
support for returning villagers, and support for the integration of IDPs who
choose to remain in the cities.
Return to Village and Rehabilitation
Begin immediate reform of the Return to Village
and Rehabilitation Project. This reform need not await the findings of the
Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies, but may benefit from the
data emerging during the course of the study.
Village Guard Corps
Develop a comprehensive plan and timetable for
disarming and demobilizing the village guards corps.
Approve the UNDP project for the support of
IDPs, and ensure its swift implementation.
Enhance the independence of Compensation Law
assessment commissions, and ensure their work is timely, fair, and consistent.
In order to ensure that those who have relevant information are willing to come forward, Commissions should undertake not to disclose the
identity of witnesses or the content of their evidence to other government
agencies where witnesses have asked for these details to be withheld, and
should make arrangements to safeguard anonymity in commission hearings where
witnesses request this. Commissions should also undertake to investigate
thoroughly any reports of intimidation of, or reprisals against, witnesses or
proposed witnesses, and refer evidence of any abuses to the judicial
Create an independent appeals body to review
decisions by Compensation Law assessment commissions.
Ensure that sufficient funds are provided to
meet payments under the Compensation Law.
Conduct a review of the
operation of the law in mid-2005 after provincial assessment commissions have
processed an initial group of applications.
Persons who remain displaced
Ensure that those villagers who cannot return
due to the continuing risks posed by the armed activities of Kongra Gel, or
other illegal armed organizations, receive support, access to medical care and
compensation, in accordance with the U.N. Guiding Principles on Internal
To the European Union and its Member States:
Task the European Commission Delegation to Ankara withmonitoring the new government agency for IDPs,
to ensure that its work is in conformity with the recommendations of the The
United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Internally
Displaced Persons (SRSG) on internally displaced persons and the U.N. Guiding
Principles on Internal Displacement. The delegation should provide an
evaluation of reform to the Return to Village and Rehabilitation Project in
mid-2005 for inclusion in the next regular report on Turkey.
Task the European Commission Delegation to Ankara with monitoring the operation and working methods of
Compensation Law assessment commissions. The delegation should provide an
evaluation on the work of the assessment commissions in mid-2005 for inclusion
in the next regular report on Turkey.
Ensure that the revised Accession Partnership
planned for mid-2005 continues E.U. scrutiny and support for the return and
integration of IDPs.
Urge the Turkish government to ensure that the
work of the Compensation Law assessment commissions is timely, fair, and
Consider funding directly projects for return of
IDPs and support of the integration of IDPs in cities.
To the United Nations Country Team in
Monitor the new government agency for IDPs to
ensure that its work is in conformity with the recommendations of the SRSG on
internally displaced persons and the UN Guiding Principles, and provide an
evaluation in mid-2005 on reform of the Return to Village and Rehabilitation
Project to donor governments and the Turkish authorities.