At least 73 prisoners died in jails across Turkey in 12 months
At least 73 prisoners died in prisons across Turkey between 1 December 2021 and 1 December 2022, according to a report published by the HDP.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) deputy, Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, said that at least 73 prisoners, including three women, died in prisons across Turkey between 1 December 2021 and 1 December 2022.
Thirty-nine of the prisoners who died were suffering from some illness and 34 of them killed themselves, according to the authorities, but Gergerlioğlu called these "suspicious deaths."
Gergerlioğlu said: "Prisoners lose their lives because there are no sufficient means of physical or psychological treatment. The situation is very bad in prisons and deaths may increase in terms of ill prisoners. I should also stress that suicides may also increase due to physical and psychological reasons."
According to the Human Rights Association, there are 1,517 ill prisoners in Turkey's jails and 651 of them are seriously ill.