European court rejects applications to lift Turkey's curfews

European Court of Human Rights refuses to order interlocutory injunction demanded by applicants against curfews which have been put in effect by Turkish government in several districts of its southeastern region

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Judges of European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed demands for an interlocutory injunction to lift ongoing curfews in Turkey's two southeastern districts where security forces have been conducting extensive operations against PKK terrorist organisation.

The court made its decision on Tuesday in response to the respective applications filed by attorneys of five Turkish citizens from the Sur district of the southeastern province Diyarbakir and the Cizre district of the Sirnak province.

Turkish security forces have repeatedly imposed curfews in the mentioned districts since early December in order to conduct their own operations against PKK terror groups.

PKK is recognised as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, the EU, the US, and NATO. 

The applicants had requested from the European high court to impose an interlocutory injunction so that the curfew could be lifted and Turkish operations stopped or "conducted in line with international standards."

On Jan. 8, Turkish Interior Ministry sent its opinion regarding the application to the European court.

According to the ministry sources, the court decided to dismiss the applications on the grounds that they do not have adequate evidence for an interlocutory injunction demanded by the applicants at the current phase.

"The court voices its belief that the [Turkish] government will take reasonable steps to provide necessary care and enable the applicants to seek help if they demand it, considering the situation in the region," the verdict stated according to the interior ministry.

The high court also kept the door open for new applications considering the sensitive conditions in the region if there have been other significant developments.

PKK terror attacks have killed more than 200 security officials in Turkey since the group’s umbrella organisation, the KCK, unilaterally ended a two and a half year-long ceasefire with the government on July 11 and threatened Turkey with attacks.

In response to the PKK attacks, Turkish security forces have recently stepped up efforts against the terrorist organisation launching an extensive internal security operation in its southeastern and eastern regions in order to scatter the network of the PKK terrorist groups.

TRTWorld, AA