Turkey Torturing Failed Military Coup Detainees

After the failed military coup in Turkey – an attempt to topple Islamic-leaning Turkish President Tayyip Erdogn – Amnesty International revealed that Turkish police has imprisoned the failed coup detainees in cruel and torturous conditions.

Up to 10,000 prisoners are reportedly being denied food, water and medical treatment, and are forced to lie on the floor hogtied in horrific positions for up to 48 hours.  In addition, they are being beaten and raped.  

John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said: “Reports of abuse including beatings and rape in detention are extremely alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in the past week.

“Despite chilling images and videos of torture that have been widely broadcast across the country, the government has remained conspicuously silent on the abuse. “

Many of the detainees are being held in horses’ stables and sports halls.   Amnesty officials have spoken with a person on duty at a detention facility about the conditions, as well as two lawyers and a doctor.   The lawyers said they witnessed senior military officers raping the prisoners.

The person on duty said he saw prisoners with severe wounds and broken bones, including one who lost consciousness and others so badly injured they could not walk or stand.   A woman detained in another facility had bruises consistent with having been beaten.

The individual being interviewed reported that he heard one police doctor say, “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”

Amnesty International has called for immediate access to the prisoners.

Soldiers surrendered at the end of the failed coup.

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They were beaten with a belt upon surrender.


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