A group of human rights activists have released a short film named “I’m innocent” in an attempt to draw attention to human rights violations in post-coup Turkey.
The official description of the film that has so far been viewed over 19,000 on Youtube, reads: “‘”It is a production to draw attention to human rights violations in Turkey and around the world, particularly to the prisoners of conscience and children affected by unlawful treatment.”
The film features an interrogation room, in which a police chief teaches an intern how to properly question a suspect and to make him accept crimes.
One of the officers is heard saying that his job “is to electrocute the people who say they are innocent, and prove otherwise.”
The short film was produced by a group named “The Artivist.”
Following a coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016, Erdoğan launched a massive crackdown on non-loyalist citizens on the pretext of an anti-coup fight, which led to the prosecution of thousands of people on trumped-up terrorism or coup charges.
Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey on March 11, the Turkish government has been sharing little information with the public about the course of the disease in the country, which sparked widespread criticism about the way the government handled the pandemic and raised questions of transparency and cover-up. In 2020, Turkey was ranked first in the number of violations of the European Convention on Human Rights in the 60-year history of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).
There have been instances in which people who questioned the coronavirus infection numbers reported by Turkey’s Health Ministry or refuted them by providing statistics on social media have faced legal action.