A curfew which was imposed on town of Cizre in the southeastern province of Şırnak at 11
p.m. on December 14, 2015 with an announcement from the Şırnak Governor's Office. It
remained in place until 5 a.m. on March 2, 2016 when it was announced that the curfew
would be partially lifted but would still remain in place between 7:30 pm and 5 am.
The December-March blanket curfew, a curfew imposed on Cizre for the fourth time in the
space of a few months, lasted for 78 days and six hours and all entry to the town was
completely blocked during this period. It was impossible for any rights group to send a
delegation to the town to monitor the clashes [between the Turkish security forces and the
armed Patriotic Revolutionary Youth Movement (YDG-H) which in December 2015 became
the Civil Protection Units (YPS) associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)] and
report rights violations there. In addition, media outlets were only able to cover the clashes in Cizre in a limited way. Therefore the investigation of the human rights violations in the
district during the course of the clashes was not possible and most residents had to leave their homes and sought shelter in neighboring provinces, towns, and villages with their relatives.
Following the partial lifting of the indefinite curfew on Cizre, the Association for Human
Rights and Solidarity for the Oppressed (MAZLUMDER) established a large delegation on
behalf of the MAZLUMDER Conflict Investigation and Resolution Group in order to make
examinations in the town and report the rights violations there. Several delegations, composed of MAZLUMDER members from Şırnak, Diyarbakır, Mardin, Gaziantep, Bitlis, Bursa, İstanbul and Batman provinces, made examinations in Cizre for three days. The first delegation arrived in Cizre on March 4 and began examinations there. During their three-day stay in the town, delegation members met with public officials and opposition party representatives, visited locals' houses and collected information about the conflict in the area from many families in Cizre. The delegation left the town on March 6.
All the work in Cizre by MAZLUMDER members was carried out through their own means
and on a voluntary basis without receiving any financial assistance just as was the case before in the drafting of similar reports by MAZLUMDER.