Statement By Minister Of Justice Regarding The Claims Of Coup Detainee Torture

Bükreş Büyükelçiliği 26.07.2016

Turkish authorities strongly rejects the allegations of torture of detainees related to coup attempt of July 15. Turkey’s Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ stated that there has not been any torture or assault of detainees in custody.

The Minister said, “The claims of torture and assault make up a package misinformation campaign formed by members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO/PYD), one which is untrue and distorted."

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Justice issued a statement saying that Turkey is a constitutional state, and meets national and international criteria on human rights law even amid a state of emergency.

“The health conditions of the detainees were checked by doctors after the detention and during custody, in line with detention regulations,” the statement said.

The Ministry added that contrary to the Amnesty claims that Turkey lacks an institution which monitors detention conditions, Turkey’s Human Rights and Equality Institution is continuing to fulfill its duties.