CPT said the main objective of the visit was “to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies”.
A delegation of the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out an ad hoc visit to Turkey from 6 to 17 May 2019.
The main objective of the visit, said the CPT on its official webpage, “was to examine the treatment and safeguards afforded to persons detained by law enforcement agencies.”
To this end, the CPT’s delegation interviewed hundreds of persons who were or had recently been held in police custody in the Ankara, Diyarbakır, Istanbul and Şanlıurfa areas.
On the occasion of the visit, the delegation also went to Imralı F-type High-Security Prison, as the statement confrimed “in order to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of all (four) prisoners currently held in the establishment and to review the measures taken by the Turkish authorities in the light of the recommendations made by the CPT after its previous visit to the prison (in April 2016). In this connection, particular attention was paid to the communal activities offered to the prisoners and the application in practice of their right to receive visits from relatives and lawyers.”
In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Süleyman Soylu, Minister of the Interior, Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Muhterem Ince, Deputy Minister of the Interior, and Muhammet Güven, Deputy Minister of Health, as well as with senior officials from the Ministries of the Interior, Justice, Health and Foreign Affairs.
The delegation added that it “met Süleyman Arslan, President of the Human Rights and Equality Institution of Turkey, in his capacity as Head of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) set up under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture (OPCAT), and representatives of non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.”
At the end of the visit, the delegation presented its preliminary observations to the Turkish authorities.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT (Head of Delegation)
They were supported by Michael Neurauter (Head of Division) and Elvin Aliyev of the CPT’s Secretariat.
The delegation visited the following places:
Law enforcement establishments
Ankara Police Headquarters:
Law and Order Department
Organised Crime Department
Diyarbakır Police Headquarters:
Diyarbakır-Hani Police Station
Diyarbakır-Huzur Police Station
Diyarbakır-Yenişehir Police Station
Diyarbakır Regional Gendarmerie Commandership
Diyarbakır-Mermer Gendarmerie Station
Istanbul Police Headquarters:
Common Detention Facility
Istanbul-Sultanbeyli District Police Headquarters
Istanbul-Sancaktepe Police Station
Istanbul-Ahmet Yesevi Police Station
Şanlıurfa Police Headquarters:
Diyarbakir D-type High-Security Prison
Diyarbakır E-type Prison
Diyarbakir T-type Prison No. 2
Diyarbakir Juvenile Prison
Imralı F-type High-Security Prison
Istanbul Bakirköy Prison for Women
Istanbul-Metris T-type Prison No. 1
Istanbul-Silivri Prison No. 5
Istanbul-Silivri Prison No. 6
Istanbul-Maltepe L-type Prison No. 1
Istanbul-Maltepe L-type Prison No. 3
Şanlıurfa E-type Prison
Şanlıurfa T-type Prison No. 1
Şanlıurfa T-type Prison No. 2.