19. Pakize Nayir

Pakize Nayir was born on 13.04.1989 in the Silopi district of Sirnak. She spent her childhood and her whole life in Silopi. Pakize took over material as well as moral responsibility in the parental home at an early age. She started working in the textile industry at the age of 12 and accompanied her parents to seasonal work in the spring months. On the one hand Pakize took care of her family and on the other hand she could not ignore the resistance struggle and was part of the Kurdish freedom movement. At a young age she took part in women’s work and political activities. She supported her family by opening a hairdressing salon and at the same time she took over any duties as co-chairwoman of Silopi.

Silopi, Southeastern Turkey

04 January 2016

On 4 January 2016 during the curfew in the Silopi district of Sirnak, three Kurdish women politicians were murdered. Sêve Demir of the DBP (Party of Democratic Districts); Fatma Uyar of the KJK (Congress of Free Women) and Pakize Nayir (President of the Silopi People’s Assembly) were executed in cold blood. These women had planned to move from the “Karsiyaka” quarter to the “Yesilyurt” quarter in order to actively help the civilian population there. A Turkish tank targeted these women and their bodies waited for hours for an ambulance to pick them up. The ambulance did not arrive and they died as a result of serious injuries.

Current legal situation
In recent years a “restriction decision” has been taken on the file that was established. It is reported that there are photographs and recordings of it, but the lawyers have been forbidden any access to the file, so it is always unclear whether a legal development is taking place.

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