Prisoners who are barred from release despite completing their sentences have been put on the Turkish parliament’s agenda by Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Diyarbakır (Amed) deputy Remziye Tosun.
Tosun reacted to the New Execution Amendment that prevents prisoners from being freed despite completing their sentences.
Bahattin Demir, who is imprisoned in the Diyarbakır D-type Closed Prison, has not been released despite completing three-quarters of his sentence, said Tosun.
Tosun said that if the amendment came into force after the date of the crime, then it cannot be applied to the defendant.
Some of the questions that Tosun asked the Ministry of Justice are as follows:
— Does your ministry have any plan to remove the mentioned violations of rights?
— What does it mean for a prisoner to show remorse? On what basis does the Administration and Observation Committee evaluate the remorse of prisoners?
— Was you ministry informed about the fact that prisoners were insulted in Diyarbakır D-type prison?
— What are the grounds for arbitrary raids carried out on wards and the seizing of prisoners’ books?
— What kind of plans does your ministry have for removing those violations of rights at a time when the Human Rights Action Plan has just been announced?