Almost half a million people forcibly displaced in Turkey

Hundreds of thousands of people have been uprooted in the wake of the fight by Turkish authorities against the Kurdistan Worker’s party (PKK), Amnesty International said on Tuesday in its 31-page report, “Displaced and Dispossessed.”The rights group focused on the forced displacement of residents in the southeastern town of Diyarbakir’s Sur district, calling on Turkish authorities to take action to enable residents in the region to return to their homes.’Less and less hope'”It’s now a year since the curfew was declared,” Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey expert, told DW. “The longer it goes on, the more families lose hope they will be able to return. And especially with the general situation in the region, with the closure of NGOs, with the replacement of the mayors with trustees, with the closure of media organizations, this environment, this crackdown gives people less and less hope of any positive developments.”

Source: Amnesty: Almost half a million people forcibly displaced in Turkey | World | DW.COM | 06.12.2016

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