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3/10/2022 The Council of Europe anti-torture Committee (CPT) visits Turkey
A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Turkey from 20 to 29 September 2022.The main objective of the visit was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of foreign nationals detained under aliens legislation as well as the procedures applied to them in the context of their removal. On the occasion of the visit, the delegation also went to Imralı F-type High-Security Prison, in order to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of all (four) prisoners currently held in the establishment. In this connection, particular attention was paid to the communal activities offered to the prisoners and their contacts with the outside world. — Council of Europe
10/06/2022 Recent photograph from Izmir’s Şakran Prison reveals large number of children accompanying their mothers.
A recent photograph taken in western Turkey’s Izmir’s Şakran Prison has revealed the large number of children who were made to accompany their mothers in prison, the Stockholm Center for Freedom reported, citing the Bold Medya news website. The photograph was reportedly taken during a birthday celebration of one of the children. According to the prison administration there are currently 26 children under the age of 6 in Şakran Prison, and most of them are the children of political prisoners. Political prisoners have their own ward, and they are separated from other inmates. However, they have complained that their wards have become overcrowded, especially because of the number of children who stay with them.“Our ward has two floors, and the children often fall down the stairs. Some children were even injured after falling,” said one inmate. “The entrance to the ward is where the children play, but it is also where we cook and eat. So everything is very crowded.”— Turkishminute
22/06/2022 Turkey sees record increase in number of prisons, rights violations under AKP rule.
Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has built more than 200 prisons in the past 16 years and continues to allocate large funds to build new ones as incidents of rights violations of inmates are increasing incrementally, Turkish Minute reported. According to data from the Directorate General of Prisons and Houses of Detention (CTE) that were released in early June, the AKP government has built 247 new prisons and 37 more buildings as annexes to existing prisons since 2006.A fund of nearly TL 2 billion ($115 billion) was also allocated to the ministry for the construction of 36 new prisons, Duvar said — SCF
5/10/2022 55-year-old ailing inmate who completed prison sentence forced to serve 3 more months
Nesip Yapıcı, a 55-year-old ailing inmate who has been behind bars in Turkey for 12 and a half years, has been forced to serve three more months in prison despite the fact that he has completed his sentence, the Evrensel daily reported.
Yapıcı, who was convicted of membership in the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), considered a terrorist organization by Turkey and much of the international community, has laryngeal cancer and heart and kidney problems and also suffers from memory loss.
Yapıcı’s release was postponed for three months, although his sentence was completed on September 15, because he did not appear before the relevant prison administration board due to his poor health.
Yapıcı’s brother Cengiz said his family is concerned about his brother’s condition and called for his release.— SCF