Turkey: Security operations in south-east Turkey risk return to widespread human rights violations seen in the 1990s

Security operations in south-east Turkey in recent months are being carried out beyond the reach and protections of the law, as indicated by growing evidence of severe human rights violations, including torture and impunity for human rights abuses. During the 1990s, at the height of the conflict between the Turkish authorities and armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Amnesty International documented systematic torture, widespread enforced disappearances and near total impunity for human rights abuses committed by members of the security forces. The Turkish authorities must not allow the clock to be turned back to this low point in Turkey’s human rights record.

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