The Commission is aware of the expropriations in the Sur district of Diyarbakir which concerned private, public and foundation properties and were carried out in March 2016. Court cases have been launched in this context but these have not been finalised yet.
In its 2016 Report on Turkey(1), the Commission expressed growing concerns about the serious backsliding in the areas of rule of law and fundamental rights in the past year in Turkey. The report also presented the situation in the south east as one of the most critical challenges for the country. Following the collapse of the Kurdish settlement process in July 2015, the south east saw a further serious deterioration of the security situation, leading to heavy casualties, large-scale internal displacement and extensive material devastation.
The settlement of the Kurdish issue through a political process is the only way forward; reconciliation and reconstruction are key issues for the authorities to address. The Commission will continue to closely monitor developments in this regard and these concerns will continue to be expressed in its dialogue with Turkey.