Peace in Kurdistan Campaign statement:
The murder of Tahir Elci, who headed the Diyarbakir Bar Association, is a deeply shocking incident and comes as a severe blow to the peace process between Turkey and the Kurds.
Elci was one of the most prominent human rights lawyers in Turkey and an outspoken defender of the peace process with the PKK. He was shot on Saturday in Diyarbakir by an unknown assassin’s bullet in what resembled a targeted killing. Indeed, the HDP described the incident as a ‘’planned assassination’’.
At the time of his death, Elci was making a statement to the media with witnesses saying that he was shot in the head as the area was sprayed with bullets.