CURFEWS IN TURKEY
Between 16 August 2015 – 1 July 2019
According to the information gathered by the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey Documentation Center, between 16 August 2015 and 1 July 2019, there have been at least 369 officially confirmed round-the-clock [all daylong] and/or open-ended curfews in 11 cities and at least 51 districts of Turkey.
The relevant cities and districts that curfews implemented are as follow: DİYARBAKIR (214 times), MARDİN (54 times), HAKKÂRİ (23 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (26 times), MUŞ (7 times), BİNGÖL (7 times), TUNCELİ (6 times), BATMAN (6 times), ELAZIĞ (2 times) and SİİRT (11 times).
In addition to these, between 11 August 2017 and 1 January 2019, there have been at least 23 curfews declarad in various villages and flatlands of Şemdinli district of Hakkâri, and Hizan, Güroymak, Mutki, Tatvan and Central districts of Bitlis with limitations on time (implemented only in between the designated hours). These curfews, which are declared within limitations, are not included in abovementioned data. However they will be monitored by our Documentation Center.
In 2019, there have been 18 curfews in 3 cities (Bitlis, Siirt and Diyarbakır).
It is estimated that, according to the 2014 population census, at least 1 million 809 thousand residents have been affected by these curfews and fundamental rights of these people such as right to liberty and security of person; right to privacy, family, home or correspondence; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; freedom of receive and impart information; right to reserve of property; right to education and especially right to life; right to health and prohibition of torture are explicitly violated. Yet, this data is not possible to be updated since the regions of curfews slid to the villages and flatlands in 2016, by the reason that their population census is whether not taken or not released to the public.
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), established in 1990, is a non-governmental and non-profit human rights organisation providing treatment and rehabilitation services for torture survivors and documenting human rights violations in Turkey.