Just ten days ago, Turkey bore witness to a mass coup d’etat by many members of the Turkish Armed Forces designed to topple the Turkish government.
When the coup failed, thousands of members of the armed forces were arrested and detained. However, now it is claimed that they are being raped, starved, and hogtied, while being left without water for days on end.
According to the Mirror, over 10,000 detained Turkish troops are being locked inside horse stables and sports halls with a number of them left hogtied in stress positions – designed to cause agonising pain.
Amnesty International have claimed that the detainees are held in these positions for up to 48-hours without any access to food, water, or medical treatment – with others being subjected to severe beatings, torture, and rape.
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In the horrific report, Turkish lawyers told Amnesty International that detainees in the country’s capital, Ankara, have seen senior military officers being raped by police truncheons and fingers.
Others claim to have seen troops who are close to death being offered no medical help or assistance.
One police officer at Ankara Police Station saw a detainee who had severe wounds and large swelling on his head – so bad that he couldn’t stand up or focus his eyes. He eventually lost consciousness and passed out.
An interviewee claimed that a police doctor said: “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”
The same interviewee added that there were 300 detainees at Ankara Police Station with clear signs of abuse and beatings such as cuts, bruises, and broken bones.
John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said:
Reports of abuse including beatings and rape in detention are extremely alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in the past week.
Despite chilling images and videos of torture that have been widely broadcast across the country, the government has remained conspicuously silent on the abuse.
Around 63,000 people have been either arrested or suspended following the failed coup on July 15.