Turkey: Stop Imposing Arbitrary Restrictions on Freedom of Movement (UA 6/16)

January 11, 2016




On 19 January the twenty-four hour curfew in place since 14 December 2015 in the town of Silopi, Şırnak province, in south eastern Turkey, was reduced to operate daily between 6pm and 5am. Round-the-clock indefinite curfews continue in the town of Cizre (also in Şırnak province) and Sur district, in the city of Diyarbakır.
1) Please write immediately in Turkish or your own language:
  • Calling on the Turkish authorities to refrain from imposing arbitrary restrictions on freedom of movement and to ensure residents of Cizre in Şırnak province and Sur district in Diyarbakır have sufficient time each day to leave their homes or are provided with other safe means to access all necessary supplies, medical care, water and electricity, and are able to leave affected areas if they so wish;
  • Calling on them to restore electricity and water supplies in Silopi and ensure that adequate food supplies reach the residents as a matter of urgency;
  • Urging them not to use firearms except in the event of imminent threat of death or serious injury and to ensure prompt, independent and impartial investigations into deaths and injuries that have occurred in curfew areas;
  • Calling on them to ensure the right to freedom of peaceful assembly is fully respected for citizens wishing to show their solidarity with those living under curfew.
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with “UA 6/16” in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent,
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.