The opposition Republican People’s Party’s (CHP) Istanbul deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has joined the ranks of others who disclosed the insider tips about right violations following the July 15 coup attempt.
In a series of tweets on Aug. 20, Tanrıkulu also backed up some of the accusations raised by the Amnesty International which stated that detainees are held in unofficial locations. That being said, Tanrıkulu focuses mostly on violations during trial period of the suspects.
What follows is a translation of his abovementioned tweets.
“More than a month has passed since the July 15 coup attempt. I am sharing with the public my observations and the tips that have been sent to me. Even courts now look like concentration camps. Collective punishment, a practice widely used in [past] coup eras, is among the methods that are now used as well. While an 8-months pregnant is waited for trial for hours in courthouse while women are forced to breastfeed their babies hiding inside the tops of lawyers. Meanwhile, bar associations and TBB [the Union of Turkish Bar Associations] have failed to do their parts in relation to right to lawyer, fair trial, and [prevention of] torture. The right to fair trial is violated in all aspects. Widespread right violations are observed even at courthouses. Lawyers are forced to sign previously-written testimonies while those who refuse to put a sign on such testimonies are put under pressure with intimidation. Lawyers’ objections regarding even trial procedure and human rights [violations] are not recorded in the minutes. Prosecutors refuse to register applications regarding torture complaints. Sport facilities are used as detention centers in which maltreatment used to be a common practice in the past. Unregistered detentions have become systematic. Families and lawyers are not informed about detentions. Widespread violations of human rights and of right to fair trial are making it difficult to know the true perpetrators of the coup and will make it so. Regardless of the underlying reason, practices belonging to past coup eras are not acceptable. There are no exemptions on human rights, should not.”
Tanrıkulu reiterated his earlier statements and said authorities continue putting pressure on lawyers, on September 5.
Turkey has already detained 41,000 and arrested 22,000 people in the post-putsch bid crackdown. Critics center on that the government violates the principle of individual criminal responsibility.