There are at least 1,517 sick prisoners in Turkish prisons, approximately 651 of whom are critically ill, according to the Human Rights Association (İHD).

Although most of the seriously ill patients have forensic and medical reports deeming them unfit to remain in prison, they are still not released, the association reported.

Since the beginning of the purge in Turkey in the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup attempt, at least half of million people have been investigated while 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen group. According to the Turkish Interior Ministry, there are currently 25,655 people in Turkey’s prisons who were jailed over alleged terror, coup links.

The purge has resulted in a drastic increase of political prisoners in Turkish prisons, some of whom are severely ill.

At least 41 prisoners have died of cancer related complications in prisons across Turkey between July 2016 and January 2021.

At least 10 others still remain incarcerated over a variety of trumped-up terror charges, including alleged membership in the Gulen group and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Among these are:  Ali Kaya – Rize Kalkandere Prison; Ahmet Karakuş – Manisa T Type State Prison; Abdülaziz Örpek and Ali Osman Ünal – Kırşehir Prison; Ahmet Polat – Kandıra Prison; Rıdvan Yıldız – Silivri Prison; Yasin Akaslan — Sincan Prison; E.K. – Antalya L Type State prison.