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Turkey: Medical concern: attacks on prisoners

, Index number: EUR 44/084/1995

On 20 July 1995 more than 20 remand prisoners accused of membership of the illegal militant separatist group Rizgari (Kurdish Liberation Party) were severely beaten as they were taken from Buca Prison to the State Security Court in Izmir. Some were later hospitalized with serious injuries. On the same day guards reportedly beat some prisoners in the women's wing of the prison. Three days after the beatings family members and journalists visiting Buca prison were arrested for a short time. An investigation into the allegations has been initiated by the office of the Izmir Public Prosecutor, but as yet no action has been taken against those responsible.

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