23 March 2016
ANF - News Desk
The Documentation Center of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV/HRFT) has released a fact sheet on declared curfews between 16 August 2015 and 18 March 2016 in the Kurdish region of Turkey.
Between these dates there have been 63 officially confirmed, open-ended and round-the-clock curfews in at least 22 districts of 7 cities in Southeastern Turkey.
These cities are as follows; Diyarbakır (34 times), Şırnak (9 times), Mardin (11 times), Hakkâri (5 times), Muş (Once), Elazığ (Once) and Batman (Twice).
It is estimated that according to the 2014 population census at least 1 million 642 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and the fundamental rights of these people such as Right to Life and Right to Health have been explicitly violated.
According to a statement by the Ministry of Health on 27 February 2016, at least 355 thousand residents were forced to leave the cities and districts they lived in.
According to the data of HRFT Documentation Center, since 16 August 2015 (which is the date of first declared curfew) until 18 March 2016 at least 310 civilians have died in the regions and periods of time that curfews were officially declared.
Not included in this figure are at least 59 corpses from Cizre, buried without confirmation of identity and at least 20 corpses from Sur, awaiting autopsy in various Forensic Medicine Institutions.
A summary of the fact sheet is below:
Of the 310 civilians, 72 are children, 62 are women, 29 are over the age 60.
It is estimated that at least 76 civilians lost their lives due to not being allowed the Right to Health.
Again at least 180 civilians lost their lives while they were within the boundaries of their homes. 162 of these people were killed of bullet wounds or missile wounds and 18 of them died due to the direct stress effect of curfews on their health conditions.
In Silopi a 7 months old still birth occurred due to gunshot through the womb of the mother. Also, at least 10 people died after arbitrary gunfire by security forces during peaceful protests against the curfews in streets/Squares close to curfew zones or by the use of chemicals such as tear gas where no operation was onging or any curfews were declared.
Edited by Kurdish Question