ECHR to announce decision on 2015 curfew deaths in southeastern Cizre

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Feb. 7 will announce its decision on the death of 137 people who were killed in Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish town of  Cizre after being stranded in basements during state-imposed curfews, pro-Kurdish news agency Mezopotamya reported on Wednesday.

A total of 137 people died in fires that erupted in apartments in Cizre amid a 79-day curfew imposed by the Turkish government in Dec. 2015, the agency said.

Turkey implemented curfews in primarily Kurdish-populated towns and cities in Turkey’s southeast on Dec. 14, 2015 as the country launched a widespread security operation against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group fighting for autonomy in Turkey for over three decades. 

Following the incident, buildings were demolished for the construction of new housing units by the government-supported Housing Development Administration (TOKİ), the agency recalled.

The ECHR decision, to be announced on the third anniversary of the incident, is expected to set a precedent in terms of violations of rights during curfews announced in other cities, Mezopotamya said.