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Turkish authorities to release 90,000 prisoners


The Turkish Parliament approved a bill to release about 90,000 people due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Amnesty will not affect political prisoners, which human rights defenders have already criticized.

On Monday, April 13, the Turkish Parliament, approved a bill to release about 90,000 prisoners due to the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The adoption of the document was supported by 279 parliamentarians, 51 MPs opposed.

Human rights activists and activists criticize the Turkish authorities for the fact that the amnesty will not affect political prisoners. Thus, the international organization PEN Club called for the release of imprisoned journalists and human rights activists, citing poor hygiene in many prisons in Turkey.

A few hours before the parliamentary vote, Minister of Justice Abdulhamit Gül announced the death of three prisoners who were diagnosed with a new coronavirus. The causative agent of COVID-19 in Turkey was detected in 61 049 people, 1296 patients died. Authorities have introduced strict restrictive measures to curb the spread of the virus.

source: dw.de