Ankara, 21 May 2001Mr. Hikmet Sami Türk,Minister of Justice Dear Mr. Türk, We hereby express our deep regret that the Ministry of Justice rejected our request for visiting the representatives of political prisoners in F Type prisons with a view to search for ending the hunger strikes and death fasting, which have led to the […]

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Ankara, 20 May 2001Lord Russell Johnston,Council of EuropePresident of the Parliamentary Assembly Dear Lord Johnston, We thank you for your expression of concern about the continuing hunger strikes by political prisoners in protest against the isolation imposed in Turkish prisons. However, we would like to draw a number of points to your attention, in view […]

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1-The bill envisages the participation of prisoners subject to the provisions of Law no. 3713 in social, cultural, educational and sports activities and in vocational training and prison work activities ONLY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF CORRECTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES. In other words, participating in these activities, doing sports and maintaining social relations with other prisoners […]

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Article 1 – The second and third paragraphs of Article 16 of the Anti-terror Law no. 3713 of 12.4.1991 have been amended as follows: “In these institutions convicts shall be classified according to offenses they have committeed, their conduct within the institution, and areas of interest and capabilities, and participate in education, sports, vocational training […]

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1-The bill envisages the participation of prisoners subject to the provisions of Law no. 3713 in social, cultural, educational and sports activities and in vocational training and prison work activities ONLY IN THE FRAMEWORK OF CORRECTION AND EDUCATION PROGRAMMES. In other words, participating in these activities, doing sports and maintaining social relations with other prisoners […]

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We regard death penalty as an attack against the right to life and as a crime directed to the physical existence of persons. Human Rights Association (HRA) calls for the abolition of death penalty because: ·Death penalty directly targets the right to life; ·Death penalty is based on the primitive understanding of taking revenge; ·Death […]

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Hunger strikes and "death fasts" continue in many prisons in Turkey. Physicians declare that at least 122 remanded and convict prisoners who are on "death fast" for up to 166 days have reached the edge of the death. Measures required to be taken in order to put an end these actions are as follows: 1. […]

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"…the de facto isolation system currently in operation is not acceptable and must be ended quickly."(Letter from the President of the CPT to Mr H. Kemal Gür, Deputy Director General for the Council of Europe and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ankara, Turkey on 29 January 2001, para 6) The democratic public opinion of […]

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