News from Turkey: Detained plotters of Turkey coup beaten, raped, tortured - Amnesty International

11:21 Jul. 25, 2016

Detained plotters of Turkey coup beaten, raped, tortured - Amnesty International

Thousands of supporters of Turkey's main opposition group and some ruling party members rallied in Istanbul to denounce a July 15 coup attempt (AP Photo)

Organisation urges European Committee for Prevention of Torture to conduct an emergency visit to Turkey to monitor conditions of detention

Human rights group Amnesty International says that detainees in Turkey - participants of last week's failed military coup - are being subjected to beatings and torture, including rape, in official and unofficial detention centres in the country.

The evidence of massive violations of their rights was based on interviews with independent sources who visited detention centres - police stations, sports centre and courthouses, the organization said in a statement.

The organisation writes: "Amnesty International has credible reports that Turkish police in Ankara and Istanbul are holding detainees in stress positions for up to 48 hours, denying them food, water and medical treatment, and verbally abusing and threatening them. In the worst cases some have been subjected to severe beatings and torture, including rape. 

It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they are being held."

Read also Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights

Several lawyers working in Ankara told Amnesty International that the detained officers were raped with a truncheon. 

Also, the organisation reports that the detainees suffer severe wounds - broken bones, swellings - after being beaten. Some of them can no longer walk or stand - they faint all the time. Not only men but also women are subjected to beating.

Amnesty International writes: "A person on duty at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall saw a detainee with severe wounds consistent with having been beaten, including a large swelling on his head. The detainee could not stand up or focus his eyes and he eventually lost consciousness. While in some cases detainees were afforded limited medical assistance, police refused to allow this detainee essential medical treatment despite his severe injuries. The interviewee heard one police doctor on duty say: "Let him die. We will say he came to us dead."

Watch also Ukraine Today's interview with Bohdan Yaremenko: Ukrainian diplomat and international politics expert on how attempted military uprising might effect Ukraine-Turkey relations

Witnesses told Amnesty International that the detainees are often held in premises which are not designed for this purpose, including Ankara police headquarters sports hall, stables, horse-riding clubs.

On late July 15 a military coup was attempted in Turkey. More than 260 people were killed in the clashes, according to the latest data.

Turkish authorities detained more than 13,000 people since the failed coup.

The General Staff of the Turkish Army said that Air Force and Military Police representatives were the failed coup organizers. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency.

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