Target: Mehmet Metiner, Turkish Parliament member and head of parliamentary subcommittee on prisons
Goal: End the alleged torture and abuse of prison inmates by Turkish police.
Since the failed coup attempt in July, Turkey has been under a state of emergency that legalizes police torture. Under this state of emergency, the Turkish government and police have the right to protect citizens at any cost. As a result, safeguards against the torture of inmates have been removed. Human rights watchdogs have found over a dozen cases of alleged torture and abuse, including sleep deprivation, sexual assault, beatings, and threats of rape. A majority of the people arrested and being tortured are those who oppose the government, or are “coup supporters.”
Under the state of emergency, all legal protection disappears. Sentences are extended without review. Those arrested are denied the right to a lawyer. Medical examinations are done in the presence of police and medical records are not given to lawyers. As a result, claims of abuse are unable to be corroborated with medical evidence.
This is not how a modern nation should treat its own citizens, regardless of whether or not they support the current government. The state of emergency is supposed to protect citizens. Instead, it is only endangering them. Sign the petition to demand that the Turkish parliament investigate the claims of torture so that the abuse against fellow Turkish citizens can be brought to an end.
Dear Mr. Metiner,
Since July’s failed coup attempt, Turkey has been under a state of emergency. While this decision was made to protect Turkish citizens, some citizens have been placed in danger. Since the coup, there has been an increase in the reports of torture and abuse within the nation’s prisons. Beatings and sexual assaults make up just some of the claims, while legal protections for many have been stripped away.
I ask that you and your fellow parliament members investigate the alleged abuse. There is no place for torture in a civilized, modern nation. The state of emergency may have been put into place to protect citizens, but it does not seem to be protecting all citizens.
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