Turkish human rights watchdog Human Rights Association (İHD) said in a report on Friday that there are nearly 220,000 people in Turkey’s prisons which is more than 20 percent of the 183,000 capacity.

According to the İHD report, the capacity of the Turkish prisons rapidly overloaded by the detentions and arrests following the failed coup in Turkey on July 15.

Underlining that there are severe human rights violations against people linked with the Gülen movement, İHD reported that hundreds of people were kept in sport halls naked and handcuffed behind the back across Turkish prisons especially after the coup attempt.

“The reports and photos in the media show that there are serious concerning torture and maltreating in Turkish prisons as people were kept in cold sport complexes naked and handcuffed. They are left without food and water. And also they are beaten,” İHD report said.

According to the report, 70,050 people people linked with Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen who Turkish government accuse him of masterminding the failed coup, face legal actions. Out of 70,050, 58,862 were detained and 31,048 arrested by the Turkish courts.

İHD also drew attention to the suspicious deaths in Turkish prisons most of them named by the authorities as committing suicide, heart attack or other health problems.

Speaking at the Human Rights Commission in the Parliament in Ankara last week, Turkey’s general director of prisons and houses of detention, Enis Yavuz Yıldırım, said “Nowhere in the world can there be precautions to prevent prisoners from committing suicide. We are trying our best to do so. However, recently a prosecutor [arrested on coup charges] committed suicide by using a self-fashioned rope.”

Unlike İHD, Yıldırım gave the number of prisoners in Turkey as nearly 195,000 prisoners in 372 prisons across Turkey, which is 4 percent more than maximum capacity.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on October 21.

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