Tor­ture re­ports after failed coup

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

A rights group says Turk­ish po­lice have tor­tured or ill-treated de­tainees fol­low­ing the failed coup at­tempt in July, a claim de­nied by Turk­ish of­fi­cials.

In a report pub­lished Tuesday, Hu­man Rights Watch says a state of emer­gency adopted after the coup bid has weak­ened safe­guards against tor­ture. It de­tails 13 al­leged abuse cases, in­clud­ing sleep de­pri­va­tion, se­vere beat­ings, sex­ual abuse and rape threats.

Turkey’s Jus­tice Min­istry has de­nied that pris­on­ers are ill­treated and says a unit has been es­tab­lished to in­ves­ti­gate claims.

Turkey has launched a mas­sive crack­down on the fol­low­ers of U.S.based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, ac­cused of mas­ter­mind­ing the failed July 15 coup. At least 32,000 peo­ple have been ar­rested pend­ing trial.

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