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09/06/2021. 1 pct of Turkey’s population is in prison or on probation: study
One percent of Turkey’s population is either behind bars or on probation, according to the results of a study. Switzerland’s Lausanne University conducted a study for the Council of Europe and found that Turkey ranks first in Europe in the number of prison inmates per capita and the proportion of prison inmates to population, BBC reported. As of January 31, 2020, 984 people per 100,000 were either in prison or on probation in Turkey, putting Turkey first in Europe. The European average was 265 people per 100,000. According to the latest official figures, a total of 622,646 people have been investigated, 301,932 have been detained and 96,000 others have been imprisoned due to alleged links to the group, while there are currently 25,467 real and alleged members in Turkey’s prisons. — Turkish minute
28/04/2021. Prison in northern Turkey unlawfully denies parole to inmates arrested over Gülen links
Inmates arrested for links to the Gülen movement are being denied release by the Amasya E Type medium security prison in northern Turkey despite being eligible for parole, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported citing Bold Medya news website. Inmates in the same prison arrested on different charges have been granted parole as soon as they are eligible. — Turkish minute
29/03/2021. Rights association calls for release of elderly, ailing woman from prison
Turkey’s Human Rights Association has called for the release from prison of an elderly Kurdish woman who suffers from various health problems, saying her life is at further risk in prison, the Mezopotamya news agency reported. — Turkish minute
03/03/2021. Art in exile: A prison cell as an exhibition venue
What form does artistic freedom take in prison? A show by exiled Turkish journalist Can Dündar explores the topic. — DW
19/02/2021. Prison administration ‘imposes quota on books, tap water’ amid pandemic
Two lawyers who have been convicted in the Progressive Lawyers’ Association case continue to practice law by telling the problems they face. — English bianet
18/02/2021. Turkish inmates’ children not given milk, regular daycare in prison
The children of female prisoners in Turkey have been denied milk, eggs and toys for months, a recent report by the Parliamentary Prisoners’ Rights Sub-committee revealed. The children in the prison are also not allowed to go to daycare regularly, with their mothers only being allowed to bring them in once or twice a year. — Duvar english
10/05/2021. Expelled lawmaker denied letters, news reports in prison sent by his party
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a renowned human rights activist and former member of the Turkish Parliament who was expelled from the legislature in March and subsequently imprisoned on a “terrorism” conviction, is being denied letters and news reports sent by his pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in prison on the grounds that they are “suspicious,” according to his son. — Turkish minute