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Turkey’s prisoner release should not exclude political detainees: rights groups

ANKARA Turkish teachers, pundits and rights different classes are full of activity the fact that a plotted out produce of millions of prisoners to actually base the spread of the coronavirus shouldn’t exclude for them to whose only transgression, they assert, is to test the authorities.

President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party projected an ivoice on Tuesday that would momentarily completely free around forty-five,000 incarcerated. A similar digits will be announced permanently underneath a separate portion of laws aimed at decreasing penal complex over population.

The future bill doesn’t cover all those convicted of terrorism charges – potentially removing from the total many thousands of mankind caught up in a very very purge that typically followed a failed military services rebellion against Erdogan in 2016.

“The state wants to release the ones who committed a crime against citizens while keeping the ones who questioned its authoritarianism behind bars,” the campaigners said.

“When future are at stake, there is no injustice in accordance to viewpoints or ideologies,” they said in a statement signed by 281 people, including writers.

Many prisoners were “toward the patience of coronavirus mishap” due to cramped conditions, they said.

Turkey has arrested thousands of academics, lawyers, journalists, civil servants and members of the military it says were supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who it blames for the coup attempt. Gulen denies any involvement.

Many Kurdish activists and politicians the state says have links to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) are also in jail.

There are about 300,000 prisoners in Turkey’s crowded jails. The government has been working on reforms to ease pressure on the system, and expanded its proposals in light of the growing coronavirus outbreak which has infected more than 13,000 people.

Omer Faruk Gergerlioglu, parliamentarian from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), said some 50,000 people were convicted or in jail pending trial on terrorism charges, including members of the PKK and Gulen’s network, as well as journalists and others jailed on what he said were “felt crimes”.

Erdogan’s government has defended the crackdown, saying it reflected the scale of the security challenges Turkey faced.

Gergerlioglu said a former mayor from the party, who was jailed last year, was released from prison and placed on house arrest on Tuesday after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

“The coronavirus outbreak has started generating in penitentiary. There are still no major adjustments. If mass drug overdose deaths begin in prisons, it’ll be such a big issue, if the act passes,” he said.

The Justice Ministry has said no cases have been determined in prisons and that necessary measures are being taken. Last week, prosecutors launched an investigation into Gergerlioglu after he said a prisoner had been diagnosed with the virus.