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Turkey's Human Rights Association revealed that 20 inmates died in prison in Turkey during the first nine months of 2020. Data also showed that there are currently 1,605 sick prisoners in Turkey, 604 of which are seriously ill.
The Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association and a number of other civil society organizations released a joint statement on the anniversary of the September 6-7, 1955 Istanbul pogrom, warning that such an event could happen again at any time.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) observed dozens of deaths caused by rights violations in the first six months of 2020. Fourteen women were killed by men, two inmates died in prison and three law enforcement officers were found dead under suspicious conditions in the southeast.
Turkey's Human Rights Association (İHD) has called for the release of Eylem Oyunlu, who is currently behind bars in the southeastern province of Diyarbakır on charges of 'assisting a terror organization' with her two young children. Oyunlu's 3-week-old baby is suffering from a blocked tear duct and the two-year-old has chronic bronchitis.
The home of Turkey's Human Rights Association's (İHD) co-chair Eren Keskin was ransacked and the incident was made to appear as a robbery, the İHD said. The association also said that Keskin is often "judicially harassed" through investigations and lawsuits for being a vocal rights defender both at home and abroad.
Two human rights groups have said that the Turkish government is using the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to restrict freedoms. "No unusual circumstances, whether it be a state or threat of war, political instability or any other extraordinary events, can be given as a reason to apply torture," they said.
40 skulls believed to be belonging to unsolved murder victims found in a cave in southeastern Turkey
A total of 40 skulls believed to be belonging to the victims of unsolved murders were found in a cave in the southeastern province of Mardin. Human Rights Association Mardin chair Fevzi Adsız said they believe the skulls belong to victims of unsolved murders in the 1990s, mainly those went missing in the case of Dargeçit JİTEM, a clandestine gendarmerie intelligence unit responsible for dozens of unsolved murders.
According to an annual report on rights violations in the country prepared by the Human Rights Association (İHD), eight people were killed in unsolved murders in Turkey in 2019. "The last five years have become a period that the regime became increasingly authoritarian and the official ideology is being attempted to brought to life fully," the İHD said in the report released on May 5.
Sick inmates in Turkey are being denied treatment, with their relatives urging authorities to act egalitarian regarding a bill that would release thousands of prisoners and convicts and that excludes political prisoners amid the coronavirus pandemic. There are a total of 1,333 sick prisoners in the country, with 457 of them severely ill, according to the Human Rights Association.
A non-governmental organization in Turkey, the Human Rights School, will be holding weekly online classes concerning human rights violations during the COVID-19 outbreak. The first class will be held April 6 on the NGO’s YouTube channel.
No tents were set up for victims of the 6.0-magnitude in Iran that killed nine people in the southeastern province of Van, a group of officials from Turkey's Human Rights Association said. No alternative shelter was provided for the survivors either, the group said, condemning families to spend the night in the freezing cold.