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Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances: Turkey

In international human rights law, an enforced disappearance occurs when a person is secretly abducted by a state, political organization, or by a third party.


Turkey has seen conflict between Kurdish citizens and Turkish security forces since the early 1990's. Human rights groups have claimed that up to 2,000 Kurds were forcibly removed after the 1980 coup d'état, with missing persons increasing in the 1990's during the conflict between Kurdistan Worker's Party and Turkish security forces.

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