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Images of inmate who died in Silivri Prison show signs of severe beating and mistreatment

New images of Ferhat Yılmaz, one of the inmates who was allegedly subject to mistreatment by guards in Istanbul’s Silivri Prison, emerged on Wednesday...

Torture, mistreatment not allowed in Turkish prisons, justice minister claims

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Saturday that the Turkish government does not allow torture and mistreatment in prisons, claiming it has one...

Number of inmates exceeds 309,000 in Turkish prisons

The number of inmates in Turkish prisons was 309,558 as of February 28, according to data released by the Directorate General of Prisons and...

Turkey to lift ban on contact visitation in prisons

Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül has said a ban on contact visitation in prisons that went into force in March 2020 due to the...

Justice Ministry’s promise to build playgrounds in prisons sparks questions

Experts have criticized a promise made by the Turkish Ministry of Justice to build playgrounds for children accompanying their mothers in prison, saying children...

Political prisoners considered ‘dangerous inmates’ in Turkey’s jails

Cevheri Güven According to data released by Turkey’s Justice Ministry, a total of 1,576,566 people faced terrorism-related investigations between 2016 and 2020. Among those jailed...

Inmates subjected to mistreatment in Diyarbakır prisons: report

A recent report jointly prepared by two Turkish human rights organizations has revealed that inmates were subjected to strip-searches, insults and battery in prisons...

Turkey’s post-coup prison construction boom cost at least $1.3 billion: report

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has spent between TL 11.2 billion and TL 13 billion ($1.3 billion to $1.5 billion) for the...

50 have died of COVID-19 in Turkey’s jails since start of pandemic: prison authority

A top Turkish prison authority has said 50 inmates have died of COVID-19 in Turkey’s jails since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in...

SCF releases report on COVID-19 in Turkish prisons and discrimination against political prisoners

The Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) on Monday released its latest report, “Left Behind to Die: COVID-19 in Turkish Prisons and Discrimination Against Political...

Prison parole boards discriminate against political prisoners, says HDP deputy

Prison parole boards discriminate against political prisoners, Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy Züleyha Gülüm claimed in a parliamentary question to Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül,...

Justice Ministry admits to overcrowding in Turkey’s prisons during pandemic

Turkey’s Justice Ministry has admitted in response to a petition submitted by an opposition deputy that overcrowding has occasionally occurred in some of Turkey’s...

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