HDP calls on parliament to investigate rights violations during Şırnak curfews

A group of HDP deputies have filed a motion in parliament urging the establishment of an investigation commission to investigate human rights violations and the killing of civilians during curfews imposed in Şırnak between 2015-2016. The deputies said that 64,000 people had been “forcibly” displaced from their homes during these curfew periods.

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A group of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputies representing the province of Şırnak have filed a motion in parliament calling for the establishment of a commission to investigate civilian deaths, destruction of residential areas and human rights violations that occurred during the periods of curfew in Şırnak between 2015-2016.

The curfews were declared by the authorities in the wake of a resurgence of a military conflict with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in 2015. The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

The HDP's motion said that a total of 64,000 people were “forcibly” displaced from their homes during the curfew periods. In order to investigate the extent of human rights violations and “those responsible for them,” the HDP called for an investigation commission to be established.

The motion prepared by Şırnak deputies Nuran İmir, Hüseyin Kaçmaz and Hasan Özgüneş said that during a curfew in the Cizre district, which lasted 79 days and ended on March 5, 2016, some 177 people were trapped for weeks in basements and eventually killed.

It also said that the authorities had not released the identities of the 92 people killed during the curfews in the province and these people were buried in the cemetery of the nameless.

“It is a must that the rights violations that occurred in Şırnak, its districts and other cities during the periods of blockades and those who are accountable for them [rights violations] are brought to light,” said the motion.