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Turkey: Kurucu system (Village Guards) a) Is the system is still active and efficient, b) how many units is it based upon and how does its recruitment system work? In particular what are the selection criteria, if any; is participation on a voluntary basis or, are people also subject to coercion/duress?; how is it formalised (formal appointment, other) and c) are persons with a pro-Kurdish political profile/background trusted by the authorities as to be offered or even forced to adhere to the kurucu system?

20 January 2011 | Publisher: Country of Origin Research and Information (CORI) | Document type: Query Responses

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