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(01/281) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 25, 2021 that, a prisoner named Gariba Gezer is kept in a solitary cell in Bünyan Women’s Prison.
(01/215) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 24, 2021 that, the letter of Şiyar Yıldırım, a prisoner in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 5, addressing Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Kocaeli MP and member of Human Rights Commission of the Turkish Grand National Assembly to give information about the right violations in prison, was seized by prison administration on the grounds that it would “give incorrect information about prison to the persons related to illegal organisation”. It is also learned that a disciplinary proceeding was initiated against Şiyar Yıldırım for this letter. It is also stated in the news reports that the Kurdish letter from Şiyar Yıldırım’s wife was not given to him, and he was said “We do not have a translator. If you pay the translation fee, we will give it to you after translating and checking its content”.
It is learned from the news coverage of January 24, 2021 that, in Istanbul Silivri L Type Prison No 5, social, cultural and sports rights of prisoners were restricted on the grounds of Covid-19 pandemic.
The indictment demands sentence for 12 people on the charges of ‘resisting a public officer to prevent his duty’ and ‘damage to public property’. Arzu Sert, one of the defendants, stated the following in her defence statement: “We were tortured, subjected to insults, we were dragged on the ground. The violence kept going in the detention car.” After defence hearings the court adjourned the trial to April 28, 2021.
(01/179) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 19, 2021 that, 2 prisoners (Yücel Yavuz and Devrim Taylan Eryılmaz) are kept alone in wards for 3 people in Ankara Sincan F Type Prison No 1. It is also stated in the news reports that 2 prisoners were imposed a penalty of 11 days of solitary cell confinement as a result of disciplinary proceedings against them.
(01/158) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 16, 2021 that, in Afyon T Type Prison No 1, there are 23 prisoners kept in a ward for 10 people
(01/138) Child Subjected to Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Şırnak
(01/142) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
(01/118) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 13, 2021 that, Bünyamin Sürme, a prisoner in Izmir Kırıklar F Type Prison No 1 was being kept in a solitary cell for 4 months
(01/101) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 12, 2021 that, the heating system in Afyon T Type Prison No 1 cannot be used on the ground that it is out of order.
It is learned from the news coverage of January 12, 2021 that, Fırat Dari, a prisoner in Tokat Çamlıbel T Type Prison, was subjected to disciplinary proceedings on the grounds that he spoke Kurdish with his mother on the phone; and that he is being prevented from his phone right for 1 month as a disciplinary penalty.
It is learned from the news coverage of January 8, 2021 that, in Antalya L Type Prison, 30 litres of hot and 150 litres of cold water is provided to each ward and the food given to prisoners is inadequate.
It is learned from the news coverage of January 9, 2021 that in Van High Security Prison, Evrensel, Yeni Yaşam and Kurdish Xwebun newspapers were not given to prisoners.
(01/078) Torture and Ill-Treatment Under Custody in Hakkari
Lawyer Ramazan Kurt stated the following about the torture and ill-treatment: “The house was searched and my clients were detained although they had no search and detention warrant. (…) My clients were heavily subjected to torture and they were forced to confess despite there were no evidence in the house. My clients rejected to this. Although they were not even suspects, the police detained them and took to the security directorate, to cover the torture and insults that they committed. (…) Security forces contacted family members of my clients to pressure them so that they would not file criminal complaints against them. (…) And my clients were said not to tell their families what happened. But family members do not accept, they will file criminal complaints”.
Osmaniye Public Prosecutor’s Office has made the same decision on the issue earlier, but it was revoked by Osmaniye Penal Court of Peace on the grounds of “deficit in investigation”.
It is reported that detention period for 36 people was extended to 48 hours.
It is reported that one person fell sick during a house raid. It is learned that the house of Sultan Aksu, local authority of Yeldeğirmeni neighbourhood in Kadıköy district of Istanbul through this investigation; and the people in the house were forced to lie down. It is learned that the police “apologized” and left the house after finding out that it was the house of local authority. It is reported that the police, raiding a house where nobody is in, demolished the wall nearby the door.
(01/036) Torture and Ill-Treatment in Prison
It is learned from the news coverage of January 5, 2021 that, journalist Adnan Bilen who is kept in Van High Security Prison was not given Kurdish newspaper Xwebun.
It is learned that LGBTIQ+ activists Yıldız İdil Şen and Havin Coşkun, who were among 17 people detained in house raids in Istanbul, for participating in protests at Boğaziçi University; were forced to strip search under custody, and were subjected to physical and psychological violence and rape threats.
Hasan Düdük was subjected to physical violence of specialised sergeant R. K. for he did not participate in cleaning activity on November 10, 2020, and he stated the following: “I went to the infirmary to be referred to a hospital that could give me a medical report evidencing the violence; the specialised sergeant who was accompanying me there, tried to persuade the doctor for not giving me a document for referral to the hospital (…) Although I got a referral document, the commander did not allow me to go to the hospital (…) I went to Çerkezköy Public Hospital in some way, and got a report evidencing the violence (…)
It is stated in the news reports that Hasan Düdük filed criminal complaints against the officers in charge.
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