Human Rights Association exposes situation of ill prisoners Erol and Demirtaş

The Human Rights Association exposed the situation of ill prisoners Besra Erol and Hasan Demirtaş, and said that ill prisoners are left to die.

The Human Rights Association (IHD) Istanbul Branch Prison Commission held the 600th "F Session" protest organized to expose the situation of ill prisoners. In this week's action held in front of the IHD Istanbul Branch, attention was drawn to the health condition of Besra Erol, mother of Evrim Deniz Erol, who was held in Elazığ Women's Closed Prison and lost her life in the Suruç Massacre.

The statement was read by Meryem Bars, member of the Prison Commission of IHD Istanbul Branch. Stating that prisons have turned into death houses for a long time, Bars added that the rights of ill prisoners are ignored and they are left to die. Speaking about the situation of Besra Erol, who is held in Elazığ Women's Closed Prison, Bars said that the woman suffers from a herniated disc, sciatica, high blood pressure and high eye pressure, and that she has already undergone two surgeries due to herniated disc and should be released immediately.


The Freedom for Ill Prisoners Initiative continued its action in front of the Human Rights Association (IHD) Ankara Branch in its 472nd week to draw attention to the situation of ill prisoners. HDP and Green Left Party provincial organizations and many human rights defenders attended the action.

IHD Ankara Branch co-chair Aslı Saraç spoke about the situation of 38-year-old Hasan Demirtaş, a prisoner in Tokat T Type jail and suffering from a severe form of Behcet's disease.

Saraç said that Demirtaş's illness worsened because of the negative conditions of the prison. Emphasizing that it would be difficult for Demirtaş to survive if there was no one with him, Saraç demanded the execution of his sentence to be postponed.