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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Nils Melzer expressed serious concerns about the rising allegations of torture and other ill-treatment in Turkish police custody. UN rapporteur said he was alarmed by allegations that large numbers of individuals suspected of links to the Gülen movement or the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) were exposed to brutal interrogation techniques aimed at extracting forced confessions or coercing detainees to incriminate others. According to German news agency DPA, Melzer said the allegations of torture are not investigated properly. In his press conference in Geneva, Melzer said the reported abuse included severe beatings, electrical shocks, exposure to icy water, sleep deprivation, threats, insults and sexual assault.

The Special Rapporteur said no serious measures appeared to have been taken by the authorities to investigate these allegations or to hold perpetrators accountable due to the state of emergency. “The human right to be free from torture and other ill-treatment is absolute and non-derogable and continues to apply in all situations of political instability or any other public emergency,” the Special Rapporteur said.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer has been to Turkey after July 15, coup attempt to investigate allegations of torture in police custody. Melzer said their impression was that torture and ill-treatment were used wide-spread in Turkey.