CHP deputy says cases of naked body search increase in Turkish prisons

Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Barış Yarkadaş has claimed that cases of naked body search are increasing in Turkey’s prisons as he called on Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ to take action to prevent rights violations in prisons, according to a story in the Gerçek Gündem news portal on Sunday.

Showing a cartoon drawn by a prisoner who explained the naked body search one of his friends was subjected to in prison in drawing, Yarkadaş said forcing people into naked body search is disregarding human rights.

The CHP deputy said the cartoon was sent to him several days ago by a prisoner in Edirne Prison.

“As a human being, I was ashamed of the practice [of forced body search]. Regardless of the crime they committed,  no individual can be forced into naked body search. Naked body search is an act of torture, torture and turning a blind eye to torture are crimes against humanity,” said Yarkadaş.

The CHP deputy said while denying claims of torture in Turkey’s prisons, Justice Minister Bozdağ was asking for evidence. He said he sent the copy of the drawing to Bozdağ and waiting for him to take the necessary action. ( March 5, 2017

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