As the Movement For Unconditional Justice, we carried out our fourth watch in front of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Friday, December 18th.  Due to the ongoing of the epidemic, our watch lasted 2 hours with 5 attendances.

  • The subject of the week was the curfews and aggrievements experienced in the Southeast of Turkey in 2015.
  • We explained that the people of the region had to take shelter in basements and stables in order to ensure their life safety due to the intense clashes experienced during the prohibitions, and the families who could find opportunities had to migrate to neighborhoods or villages where there were fewer conflicts.
  • We stated that during this period 1 million 809 thousand people were affected by these prohibitions due to the violations of their most fundamental rights such as the right to freedom and security, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom of religion, freedom to receive and impart information, the right to protect property, prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.
  • As for the investigations initiated by the Cizre Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, the decision of “non-prosecution” has been issued for 86 files so far. While the objections to the decisions were rejected, 86 files were forwarded to the Constitutional Court. 59 of the pecuniary and non pecuniary damages applications made to the Ministry of Interior has been returned. We stated in front of ECHR that although it’s been five years since the curfew was officially abolished, the ban policies, which are still practiced by the security forces, was an obstacle for people to organize and continue their lives.

Having been resulted from Hendek operations, the curfew, which was declared in 11 provinces, 51 districts and at least 1166 times in the Southeast, has taken place in history as a negative development for Turkey besides bringing along a lot of violations of rights.