Human rights non-profit Amnesty International has reported that it has received evidence of Turkish detainees being tortured after last week’s attempted military coup. According to Amnesty’s sources, those being held in custody are being subjected to the barbaric acts of physical abuse including rape.
Amnesty’s Europe director John Dalhuisen addressed the concern for democracy and allowance of international monitors in a statement:
“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.”
Since the coup attempt, President Tayyip Erdogan has begun cracking down on those suspected to have been involved. He extended the maximum detention period to 30 days, upping it from four days. Amnesty has pointed at this as an example for increasing the risk of the mistreatment of detainees.
After the failed coup, during which Erdogan narrowly avoided capture and possible death, the president declared a national state of emergency. This allows him to sign laws without approval of the parliament, such as the increase in the length of detention of those suspected of supporting the coup.
His efforts to root out the coup’s supporters, however, must adhere to not only international standards, but Turkish standards. On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim addressed this concern by pledging that the approximate 13,000 people who have been detained as suspects will be offered a fair trial.
In the past week alone, Turkish authorities have placed more than 60,000 police, judges, teachers, civil servants, and soldiers under investigation.
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