Amnesty International is presenting supposed credible evidence that prisoners from the failed coup in Turkey are being subjected to great amounts of torture.
The failed coup in Turkey happened a week ago and resulted in a brutal crackdown and a three-month state of emergency.
During the uprising, more than 200 died and 1,500 were injured as the opposition aimed to topple the dictatorship Presidency of President Recep Erdogan.
In the crackdown that followed, over 10,000 people were detained, to be brought up on various charges relating to the coup. Many of the detainees are said to be locked up in horses’ stables and sports halls, with some hogtied in horrific stress positions, according to the human rights campaigners.
Amnesty International while calling for an immediate access to the prisoners, claimed that the Turkish police are holding the detainees in stress positions for up to 48 hours, denying them food, water, and medical treatment and in the worst cases even subjecting them to severe beatings and torture.
To get the information, Amnesty International spoke to lawyers, doctors and a person on duty in a detention facility about the conditions in which detainees were being held.
Two lawyers in Ankara (one of the areas the detainees are being held) working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.
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 the chilling images and videos of torture being widely broadcast across the country and even outside the country’s borders, the government has remained conspicuously silent on the abuse.