Amnesty slams lasting, forced displacement of Turkey's Kurds

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.