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Amnesty slams lasting, forced displacement of Turkey's Kurds

  • FILE - In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, local residents stand on a rooftop to view damage in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment.  (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan, file)

    FILE - In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, local residents stand on a rooftop to view damage in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, Amnesty International Turkey's researcher, Andrew Gardner poses for The Associated Press, following an interview in Istanbul. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment.  (AP Photo/ Emrah Gurel)

    FILE - In this photo taken on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, Amnesty International Turkey's researcher, Andrew Gardner poses for The Associated Press, following an interview in Istanbul. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment. (AP Photo/ Emrah Gurel)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, residents stand by belongings they salvaged from their damaged homes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan, file)

    FILE - In this Sunday, May 22, 2016 file photo, residents stand by belongings they salvaged from their damaged homes in parts of the historic district of the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, southeastern Turkey. In a report released Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016, human rights group Amnesty International says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people during security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of Diyarbakir and prevented their return in a policy that may amount to collective punishment. (AP Photo/Mahmut Bozarslan, file)  (The Associated Press)

A human rights group says Turkish authorities have forcibly evicted tens of thousands of people in security operations in a pre-dominantly Kurdish district of southeast Turkey.

Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday that authorities have prevented their return by expropriating and demolishing homes in a policy that may amount to collective punishment.

Amnesty's Europe Director, John Dalhuisen, said that "a year after a round-the-clock curfew was imposed in Sur, thousands of people remain displaced from their homes, struggling to make ends meet and facing an uncertain future in an increasingly repressive atmosphere."

Turkish officials gave no immediate comment on the Amnesty report.

Turkish security forces are locked in a conflict with militants linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, in several parts of the southeast.