Turkey’s CHP: Some 50 post-coup victims committed suicide, 14 disappeared in 2017

CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu has said in his report that 14 people were ‘enforced to disappear’ in the last 8 months in Turkey.

Nearly 50 people committed suicide after being subjected to post-coup rights violations while 14 others were forced or attempted to disappear between January 1 and August 31, according to Turkey’s main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP).

In a recent report , introduced by CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu on human rights violations on between the abovementioned dates, CHP said hundreds of thousands of people were confined to “civil death,” after being dismissed from their jobs in the government’s post-coup crackdown.

The number of the dismissed who failed to stand those violations and committed suicide reached to some 50, the report said.

While 8 inmates died in prisons over the past 8 months, at least 367 others were subjected to torture and maltreatment.

Meanwhile, 14 cases of enforced disappearances or attempts to enforced disappearance were recorded over the past 8 months, the report said.

Mysterious disappearances involving already-victimized opposition groups have become a common occurrence in Turkey in the aftermath of a July 15 coup attempt. Those not seen for quite some time all have in common in their personal histories that they have lost their jobs amid a sweeping crackdown that the Turkish government has conducted against its critics, particularly members of the Gülen movement. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

Below are some highlights from CHP’s report.

“605 inmates were forcefully transferred from one prison to another and 35 others were denied to right to medical services.”

“Torture and ill-treatment have spread to streets. In the past eight months, at least 480 people were subjected to torture and maltreatment [on the streets] and one person died while under police custody.”

“Armed conflicts [between Turkey’s law enforcement and the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants] continued targeting civilians. 404 people were killed in clashes while the attacks by solely outlawed organizations claimed the lives of 74 people including one child”

The report also noted that it was impossible to keep an account of a tally for the people, jailed over their social media posts due to high number. (turkeypurge.com)

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