Cases of Torture Based on Information Received from Lawyers
Human Rights Watch spoke to five lawyers who shared their observations about abuses
against their 5 clients (cases 6-10) and other detainees in police custody in Ankara in April
and May 2017, on suspicion of links with the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization
(FETÖ). We also spoke to another lawyer in central Anatolia about abuses against his client
accused of links to the PKK in March 2017.
The clients are all in pretrial detention, so Human Rights Watch was unable to speak to
A lawyer from the Mersin Bar Association reported to Human Rights Watch on March 6, 2017
that he met his client Mahsum Aka, charged with links to the PKK, in Kırşehir Security
Directorate, central Anatolia, on March 3, two days after Aka had been detained. The meeting
was restricted to ten minutes, took place in the presence of the police, and had only been
granted at all after a lengthy discussion culminating in the police phoning the prosecutor.
|47 Human Rights Watch communication from Mersin lawyer, March 6, 2017.