BOZDAĞ: “THERE IS NO ILL-TREATMENT AND TORTURE IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS IN TURKEY.”

Bekir Bozdağ, the Minister of Justice, rigorously denied the assertions of ill-treatment and torture in penal institutions and stated "If those, who contradict this, do not prove their assertions, then they are calumniators".

The explanations that Bozdağ made on his social media account Twitter are as follows:

1) There is no ill-treatment and torture in penal institutions and detention houses in Turkey. If those, who contradict this, do not prove their assertions, then they are calumniators. 

2) Those, who charge Turkey with ill-treatment and torture, must explain where, when, how and who did ill-treatment and torture to whom. 

3) We are telling to those, who charge Turkey with ill-treatment and torture, that:

     a) In which penal institution this happened?

     b) Against whom was this done?

     c) Who did this?

4) d) How it happened?

     e) When it happened?

     Explain that and then we shall do what is necessary. They do not give information. They do not take action.

5) They do not give information and chance to Turkey for examining those assertions. They do not accept the explanations of Turkey; they only accuse Turkey.

6) Those, who impose false charges on our country, must know that Turkey do not accept any false charges and do not cover up the truth.

7) It is a gross injustice to charge Turkey, which shows zero tolerance towards ill-treatment/torture and abolished the statute of limitations for these offenses.

8) I announce that again: There is no ill-treatment and torture in penal institutions and detention houses in Turkey. Absent could not be created with lie/calumniation.

9) I established a unit in the Ministry of Justice, which is to follow each news and comment in the press on ill-treatment and torture in penal institutions and detention houses.

10) This unit will meticulously follow each news and comment in the press, immediately examine them, have them examined and declare the results to the public.

11) The penal institutions and detention houses in Turkey are open to international monitoring, civilian monitoring, judicial and administrative inspection. These monitorings are perfectly conducted.

12) In addition, the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture carry out an unlimited monitoring at any time. 

13) The Human Rights Injury Committee of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, civilian monitoring boards assigned by law as well as provincial and district human rights committees periodically carry out examination.

14) In case of a complaint or denunciation, enforcement judgeships and chief public prosecutor offices hold an examination and conduct judicial or administrative investigation.

15) Furthermore, within the scope of administrative inspection, the Board of Inspection and the Controllers Unit of the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses of the Ministry of Justice inspect the penal institutions by law.