780 children are behind bars with their mothers, Turkey's Human Rights in Mental Health Initiative Association (RUHİSAK) reported. Meanwhile, an additional 10,000 experience some jail time annually, while another 120,000 deal with legal procedures.
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.
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.
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.