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PRESS RELEASE: Urge Turkish Government to investigate the serious torture allegations to ex-diplomats in the capital Ankara, Turkey

Advocates of Silenced Turkey (AST) is deeply concerned about the torture allegations documented by the Ankara Bar Association. 6 ex-diplomats of Turkish Foreign Ministry have been detained at Police Headquarters in Ankara.  HDP MP Omer F. Gergerlioglu; Erinc Sagkan, President of Ankara Bar Association, and CHP MP Sezgin Tanrikulu spoke out about the allegations immediately.

According to Ankara Bar Association’s report, 5 detainees were harshly beaten, knocked unconscious and  sexually abused  (anally raped with batons). The detained diplomats were forced to sign a statement of confession. A tortured diplomat lost his consciousness due to severe beatings and was hospitalized. However,  he was refused to be given a medical report.

We strongly urge the Turkish government to investigate these serious allegations and bring the perpetrators of the horrible torture incidents to justice.

As AST,  we also urge the United Nations, Venice Commission, State Department, Council of Europe and all international organizations to call Turkish Government to investigate all kinds of torture allegations and stop torture.

Full Report Link

https://twitter.com/ankarabarosu/status/1133375623727058944?s=19

News

https://www.euronews.com/2019/05/28/turkish-lawyers-group-says-foreign-ministry-staff-tortured-in-custody

https://ahvalnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/ahvalnews.com/tr/node/48797?amp

https://www.bbc.com/turkce/amp/haberler-turkiye-48433324?__twitter_impression=true

https://ipa.news/2019/05/28/former-diplomats-sexually-abused-with-batons-and-tortured-bar-association/

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