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Short Update: 37 NGOs call for the reduction of pre-trial detention in Turkey

FairTrialsAdmin - April 28, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

Fair Trials has joined the Netherlands Helsinki Committee and 35 other NGOs in call for reduction of pre-trial detention in Turkey and for the use of alternatives to detention, in order to reduce the danger of outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease in Turkish prisons. Urgent implementation of these measures is needed as a safety measure for the health and wellbeing of the penitentiary staff and detainees, and in order to avoid disproportionate isolation procedures currently practiced inside prisons.  

With Turkey’s prisons hosting approximately 294,000 people, the government has adopted a bill that will provide for the release of up to 90,000 prisoners. However, this law only applies to convicted prisoners and not to approximately 43% of the prison population who are currently held in pre-trial detention. The open letter also urged the Council of Judges and Prosecutors in Turkey to issue clear guidance to local courts that pre-trial detention should currently be avoided in line with international law.  

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