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Turkish parliament concerned over high suicide rates in Army

Posted by: Fawad Khan, Uploaded: 29th November 2012

The Turkish parliament’s human rights commission has demanded the army take action over the high suicide rate among its ranks, local media reported Thursday.

More Turkish soldiers have committed suicide over the past ten years than have been killed in combat with rebels from the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), the commission said.

According to its report, 934 soldiers took their own lives in the time period while 818 died in combat.

The commission said the number of suicides was unacceptable and demanded that army leadership do more to combat mistreatment and bullying within its ranks.

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Story first published: 29th November 2012



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