1Daughter of a doctor working at a public hospital in Turkey:

“A group of police officers raided our house in the wee hours of the morning and detained my father. He was kept under custody for four days, and they did refused to give our family any information regarding his whereabouts. We later learned from the photos on social media that my father had severely been beaten during detention.

In a country where the freedom of press and information is practically abolished, they broadcasted numerous lies in the media that had nothing to do with my father in reality. They did everything to prevent us from hiring a lawyer. As bar member attorneys avoided taking on the case, we had to hire a self-employed lawyer.They pressured the lawyer we hired into dropping the case and made sure the bar association assigned someone to their liking.

The new lawyers did not pay attention to their clients. They did not tell us where my father was, slurring over the issue by saying that he may be at the provincial police station. My mother was not able to enter the police station and my family was not able to learn from the lawyer whether my father was still alive.

Then, the lawyer directed my mother to another government office where they told her he was not there either. Afterwards, it was said that he might be at the provincial prison but my family was not allowed to see him. People who were subjected to the same process as my family had their possessions seized. It was openly written by Cem Kucuk, a journalist of pro-government media outlet Star, that our lawsuit against these illegal activities would be ignored.

At the prison, arrestees are forced to stay in quarters in which they can only sleep in turn and can barely breathe. Torture screams echo from the gymnasiums at the prisons. All universal law norms have been shelved in the country and people are forced to accept committing criminal offenses through torture. (Amnesty International has reported on this).

Turkey has rejected the formation of an international investigative commission to investigate the coup attempt and the outrageous human rights violations committed. Executions currently occurring in Turkish prisons are being covered up as suicides. The number of people being killed in prison through torture is constantly rising.

Executions currently occurring in Turkish prisons are being covered up as suicides. The number of people being killed in prison through torture is constantly rising.”