Turkish soldiers and armoured vehicles in Lice

06/03/2017 - 17:18 0
Curfew in 18 Kurdish villages in southeast Turkey leads to fears of massacre

Kurdish and left-wing parties and organisations have made a call asking for attention to the risk of massacre by Turkish security forces in Diyarbakir's Lice district after a curfew was declared in the area.

The Democratic Society Congress (DTK), Free Women's Movement (TJA) Democratic Regions' Party (DBP) and Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) released a statement calling attention to the risk of a massacre during the curfew and military operation in 18 villages of Lice.

"We cannot receive news from the people living in these 18 villages in the curfew zone. We are calling n public opinion to show sensitivity so that another massacre and destruction does not happen in Lice.

"In order to protect the people's right to life and prevent the destruction of their living areas, we call on all our people, those in Amed (Diyarbakir) primarily, all NGOs, international institutions and organisations to act urgently before it is too late."

The recent curfews and blockades in several villages in Mardin's Nusaybin district resulted in severe human rights abuses, the burning of homes, torture and killing of animals. Several people, including at least 3 PKK fighters were also killed.

More than 300 civilians were killed during curfews between 2015 and 2016 Amnesty International and Crisis Group reported.