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Curfews

Following the general elections on 7 June 2015, and after the attempts of a peace process for the Kurdish issue failed to bring a democratic and peaceful solution, armed conflict re-escalated in Turkey, particularly in pre-dominantly Kurdish regions of the country. During this period Turkey applied the first uninterrupted curfew on 16 August 2015. That marked the beginning of the longest-running, full-day, uninterrupted curfews in the history of the republic. These curfews were against the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights and they caused enormous amounts of gross and serious human rights violations, especially for civilians in the region.

From 16 August 2015 to 1 January 2020, Turkish government declared at least 381 curfews, in 11 cities and in at least 51 districts.

Cities with curfews: DİYARBAKIR (214 times), MARDİN (60 times), HAKKÂRİ (23 times), ŞIRNAK (13 times), BİTLİS (29 times), MUŞ (7 times), BİNGÖL (7 times), TUNCELİ (6 times), BATMAN (6 times), ELAZIĞ (2 times) ve SİİRT (14 times).

You can access information sheets on curfews prepared by the HRFT since 2015 below.

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