Amnesty Decries Torture in Turkey

LONDON–Amnesty International released to the public a report that convicts Turkey. The Amnesty International’s report is titled "Turkey. Impunity must end.”
"Tortures, ill treatment and murders are not being punished by the security forces of Turkey. The investigation and persecution of violation of human rights, committed by police and military forces are considered problematic and are getting worse due to contradictory attorney and judges’ decisions,” determined the report.
The report’s main findings include:
Tortures and ill treatment during unofficial arrests and protests in prison.
Cases of trials which are still in progress in Turkey. During those trials testimonies that were drawn by torture include the main evidences. The court of law accepts those evidences.
The court’s denial to identify independent medical evidence, in cases of torture and ill treatment. The court usually accepts evidence provided by the Forensic Medical Institute which belongs to the Ministry of Justice.
The reintroduction of a new provision to the reviewed Law for the Fight against Terrorism. This provision does not clearly state whether the use of violence must be allowed when necessary. It does not also make clear whether violence is permitted only in the case of "life protection".
The lack of progress to the investigation of deadly shootings by the police force which do not occur during armed fights. These investigations are delayed or never take place.
Nicola Duckworth, director of the Amnesty International’s, Program of Investigation and Action stressed that: "The system of criminal justice needs to be reformed. Human rights must come first. The Amnesty International also expressed its satisfaction when the Turkish government stated that "we will not be tolerant to the issue of the protection of human rights."


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