Sıddık Güler, an 82-year-old Kurdish man, has been in solitary confinement for over two months in İzmir’s Menemen prison, according to Mezopotamya news portal.
This picture was taken by the prison management during a contact visitation on Thursday.
The elderly man is accused by the Turkish government of having “membership in a terrorist organization.”
According to the Human Rights Association (İHD), there are more than 1,605 ill prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 604 of whom are critically ill. Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are not released. Authorities refuse to release them on the grounds that they pose a potential danger to society. In the first eight months of 2020, five critically ill prisoners passed away because they were not released in time to receive proper medical treatment.
Since April 2020, four seriously ill prisoners over the age of 70 have died in penal institutions; five inmates suffering from cancer died shortly after they were released; and 16 died of chronic illnesses while imprisoned.