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Stressing that since the day it was opened, Elazığ Prison has come up with pressures, torture and ill treatment of prisoners, Önlü has brought the issue into Parliamentary agenda with a written question.
Addressing a Parliamentary question to Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül, HDP Mardin MP Önlü has briefly said: "In his phone call to his family, Hüseyin Bağ, staying in Elazığ Type T Prison, said that 'there was torture of every stripe in prison' and announced that he and his two other fellow inmates staying in the same ward said 'Enough is enough' and went on a hunger strike to protest the raids conducted to the wards day and night, restrictions on their access to right to health and books, their stuff being thrown on the floor, swearwords and unjust disciplinary punishments." Read the full article
Infection rate increased, only patients with oral intake, respiratory difficulties to be hospitalized
Compared to May, the rate of people in contact with Covid-19 patients to turn into cases rises across Turkey by 1.3 times, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter. Turkey on Sunday confirmed 1,103 additional recoveries from the novel coronavirus, raising the tally to 223,759, according to Koca.
The country registered 1,182 new infections of COVID-19, bringing the caseload to 240,804, he added. Healthcare professionals conducted 61,446 tests for the disease in the same period, bringing the tally to over 5.26 million.
346 health workers diagnosed with COVID-19 in Diyarbakır
According to the data shared by the platform, 346 health workers have been diagnosed with the virus as of August 6. The highest incidence of the disease has been recorded among nurses and midwives with 128 cases.
Erdoğan says Turkish lira volatility is temporary
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Friday that exchange rates and gold prices will settle at their right levels and that volatility is temporary, after the lira plunged to record lows on two consecutive days, Reuters reported.
Speaking to reporters after Friday prayers, Erdoğan said the main problem for the economy was the coronavirus outbreak, adding that world economies had “zig-zagged” due to the pandemic.
He said Turkey’s GDP and other indicators such as car and home furniture sales and foreign exchange reserves had increased since he came to power in 2002. “Turkey is climbing, but there are those who don’t want to see this climb,” Erdoğan said, adding that no one should try to fool people regarding the economy.
07/309) Testimonies on Allegations of Torture Under Custody in Ankara After July 15 Coup Attempt…
Erhan Doğan, a history teacher who was detained on July 24, 2016 in Ankara, following the coup attempt on July 15 that year; has statements on torture and ill-treatment that he was subjected to under custody which are covered in news reports on July 27, 2020: “When I and other colleagues were taken to Anti-Terror Department, a police chief said ‘police officers, move away’. When the police officers moved away, they started to beat us with kicks and punches
They asked the principal of the private teaching institution and when I said that was me, they took me out of others and got in a dark corridor. (…) They took me sports hall. It was a big, closed sports complex. They made everybody wore orange t-shirts in the sports hall. Read the full article
It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2020 that, a person named Nihat Izsiz and his friend, had a quarrel with police officers in a restaurant and were subjected to physical violence of the police. It is learned that 2 people got injured at their faces due to physical violence.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2020 that, prisoners in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison were not given drinking water, and tap water and food given to them were not hygienic.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 25, 2020 that, prisoners in Osmaniye T Type Prison No 2 were not given cleaning supplies to be protected from Covid-19 pandemic; and wardens do not wear face masks. It is also stated in the news reports that social and cultural rights of prisoners were being restricted and prisoners were not given Yeni Yaşam newspaper.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 23, 2020 that, a person named Serdar Turgut was subjected to physical violence of the police in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on July 7, 2020.
Muhittin Kaya states the following: “I started to record a video. The guy was on the ground and the police was hitting at his head. One of them clamped his head with his arm, and another police officer were hitting him with his helmet. I was recording everything. A watchman noticed me. He directly handcuffed me behind my back and forced me to lay down on the ground. He dragged me to where the others were and continued to hit me on the ground. They detained me. They wanted to get my phone at the station. I said that it was not legal but five police officers surrounded me and they forced me to delete the video recording”.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 23, 2020 that Khales Arsan, an Iranian citizen who was alleged to illegally cross from Iran to Turkey through a village of Çaldıran district of Van on July 19, 2020 and who was went missing since then, was kept under custody in border post. The name of mentioned village and the name of border post is not stated in the news reports. It is claimed in the news reports that Khales Arsan was subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody at the border post. It is also stated in the news reports that 19 other asylum seekers who were under custody at the same border post were also subjected to torture and ill-treatment and 20 people were left at Iranian border after being kept at the post for 3 days.
Khales Arsan states the following: “There were 19 asylum seekers at the station I was taken to (…) A gendarmerie commander and 6 soldiers beat us with clubs, hammers and iron bars at the station. They were taking one of us to beat each time. They tortured us like this for 3 days”.
(07/242) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Istanbul…
Lawyers Gökhan Soysal and Ezgi Önalan, who went to Kadıköy Iskele Police Station to meet the people who were detained in police intervention against the commemoration for Suruç massacre, held in Kadıköy district of Istanbul on July 20, 2020; are detained by physical violence while they demanded to meet detainees.
It is learned that Ezgi Önalan was handcuffed behind her back although she introduced herself as lawyer, and she was injured at face due to physical violence she was subjected to. It is reported that Gökhan Soysal was forced to face down on the ground and he was stepped on the neck.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 20, 2020 that, letters of Didem Akman, who is on hunger strike to demand an end to right violations in Izmir Şakran Women’s Prison, addressed to her family, are not sent by prison administration on the grounds of ‘containing propaganda for an illegal organisation’.
It is learned that 3 people who were detained in the operation after the attack to a police car in Bağcılar district of Istanbul on July 18, 2020, which killed 1 police officer and injured 1 police officer; were subjected to torture and ill-treatment under custody. It is reported that photographs stated to be of these 3 people who were subjected to torture and ill-treatment were shared on social media.
(07/217) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 17, 2020 that, 8 prisoners in Urfa T Type Prison No 2 were transferred to other prisons under coercion on July 14, 2020. Transferred prisoners are: Kasım Karataş, Zübeyir Paksoy, Zana Mazak, Emrullah Oruç, Ferhat Çiftçi, Mehmet Çelik, Mehmet Tahir Özcan, Orhan Orak.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 15, 2020, a 75 years old ill-prisoner Ramazan Özyiğit, was being kept in a solitary cell in Van High Security Prison.
(07/132) Person Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment in Izmir…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 10, 2020 that, a person named Sedat Aşhin was subjected to physical violence of the watchmen on July 9, 2020 in Karşıyaka district of Izmir; and he was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at the police station where he was taken to after being detained.
Sedat Aşhin states the following: “I was stopped for ID check by 4 watchmen on patrol. I did not have my ID card with me at that moment. And I said them ‘My ID card is in my shop, it is too close, let me go and get it’. But they did not believe me. They said ‘You ran away when you saw us yesterday’ and swooped down on me. They sprayed pepper gas in my eyes. They put me in the patrol car by using violence. Then they took me to Bostanlı Police Station, I have hardly regulated my breathing when we got there. I shouted, ‘’What did I do to you, why are you treating me like this’. 4 watchmen swooped down on me again, they used physical violence to handcuff me behind my back. The police chief and other officers did nothing although I asked for help. They just turned their backs”.
It is learned that Sedat Aşhin got a medical report evidencing the torture and ill-treatment and will make a criminal complaint against officers in charge.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 7, 2020 that, Tacettin Kardaş who was detained for his social media posts in 2015, in Sur district of Diyarbakır on June 30, 2020 was subjected to torture and ill-treatment at Diyarbakır Gendarmerie Command.
Tacettin Kardaş stated the following on torture and ill-treatment that he was subjected to: “They detained me and took to the station. While we were on the way, soldiers with Nationalist Movement Party emblems on their guns, insulted me in the vehicle for I did not bend my neck. They mentioned my 2 children who joined HPG and then died, and they said ‘We killed two of your children, and we will kill the third one. You will receive the dead body of your child. They were committing violence against me while they were saying these. Torture and insults went on at the station”.
(07/071) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 6, 2020 that, in Ağrı Patnos L Type Prison, the water given to prisoners was not hygienic, despite of Covid-19 pandemic; and the packages sent to prisoners were not delivered.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 6, 2020 that, in Hatay Iskenderun T Type Prison, prisoners were forced to stand in military order during roll-calls; 6 prisoners were kept in a ward for 3, prisoners were not given hygiene supplies, and letters of prisoners were not sent.
It is learned from the news coverage of July 6, 2020 that Ahmet Aydın, a prisoner in Karaman Prison was kept in a solitary cell for 27 months.
(07/049) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison…
It is learned from the news coverage of July 3, 2020 that, Ekim Polat, an ill prisoner in Manisa Akhisar T Type Prison, was being kept in a solitary cell and was threatened to death by wardens. It is claimed in the news reports that wardens say to ordinary prisoners “he is an enemy of the state, you can do him whatever you want”, about Ekim Polat.
(07/051) Person Subjected to Violence of Watchmen in Istanbul…
It is learned that lawyer Cihat Duman, who warned the watchmen committing physical violence to people while they were intervening a scene in Beyoğlu district of Istanbul on July 5, 2020; was also subjected to physical violence of the watchmen and was detained after being handcuffed behind his back. It is learned that Cihat Duman got a medical report evidencing torture and ill-treatment and made criminal complaints against officers.
Lawyer Cihat Duman made a statement and described torture and ill-treatment that he was subjected to: “2 citizens were being beaten and sprayed pepper gas on their faces by a group of 10-15 men dressed as watchmen in Mis Street of Istiklal Avenue; and while they were being detained I went nearby and said ‘You will be judged at penal court. What you do is crime, it is ill-treatment. I am a lawyer and I know that these acts certainly turn against officers in accordance with related legal foundation. And then I was attacked by two of them. I was handcuffed behind my back.
It is learned that Artı TV Ankara correspondent Sibel Hürtaş, who was detained by the police while she was following the protest of bar associations in front of Grand National Assembly on July 3, 2020; got a medical report evidencing torture and ill-treatment that she was subjected to and will make a criminal complaint against officers in charge. Sibel Hürtaş was released on the same day, after she was fined for violating social distancing rule.
Sibel Hürtaş stated the following: “I was taken to Kavaklıdere Police Station and I was being choked all the way. The huge police officer next to me put his arm on my neck and throat and closed my mouth and nose with the other hand. I shouted, ‘I cannot breathe, I don’t feel good’. Then he put the other hand on my mouth and nose and yelled ‘Die, die’ at me. They took their hands on my mouth and nose afterwards but my neck and throat was being squeezed until we were at Kavaklıdere Police Station. My lawyers were not allowed to reach there”.
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