May 12 2019

New curfews in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish east ahead of military operations

Turkish authorities on Sunday declared military curfews in 77 villages around the eastern province of Siirt. 

According to a statement released by the Governorate of Siirt, 77 villages and their hamlets in Siirt will be ruled under curfew until a second order on the grounds of military operations.

Military operations will be conducted in the region against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions and the curfew will be in force to avoid civilian casualties and for the safety of life and property of the citizens, according to Turkish military's statement. 

The PKK is an armed group that has been in war in Turkey for autonomy for over three decades. It is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Turkish authorities have intensified military curfews in mostly Kurdish-populated southeastern provinces since August 2015, after a peace process on Turkey's long-lasting Kurdish question failed.

It is estimated that fundamental rights of people living in the region such as the right to liberty and security, right to privacy, freedom of assembly and association, right to information, right to reserve of property, right to education and right to life, right to health were violated, according to a report by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV).