MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Round-the-clock curfews and military operations have become a fact of life in eastern and southeastern Turkey since peace process between Ankara and pro-independence militias there broke down in July 2015.
"The operations currently being conducted under round-the-clock curfews are putting the lives of tens of thousands of people at risk and are beginning to resemble collective punishment," Amnesty International Europe and Central Asia Programme Director John Dalhuisen said.
More than 150 civilians are estimated to have been killed during security operations in Kurdish territories under curfew, the watchdog said. In many areas, lack of access to food and medical care, as well as water and power cuts, have put thousands of lives at risk.
The pressure group has called on Turkish authorities to restore communal services, stop siege-like curfews and allow access to the Kurdish territories for independent observers.
The Kurds, Turkey's largest ethnic minority, have been striving to gain independence from Turkey. Tensions in the country escalated in summer 2015 after 33 Kurdish activists were killed in a suicide blast in Suruc near the Syrian border. Two Turkish policemen were later murdered by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which led to Ankara's military campaign against the group.