Prisoners are increasingly being oppressed in Turkey and the Kurdistan region of the country. Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP) deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu’s report noted that there had been 105 human rights violations in prisons in September alone.
Bediye Arzuman, the mother of a prisoner, pointed out that political prisoners were being oppressed in Gümüşhane E-type Closed Prison. Arzuman, who lives in the Silopi district of the city of Şırnak (Şirnex), cannot visit her son who is imprisoned in Gümüşhane E-type Closed Prison, due to the long distance involved.
The family of the prisoner Hamza Arzuman states that prisoners are being continuously subjected to oppression and violations of their rights. Hamza Arzuman has been in prison since 2015 and was sentenced to 36 years in prison.
He called his family and told them about the violations of rights they face in prison.
Bediye Arzuman stated that her son was not allowed to post a letter and his communications with the outside world have been blocked by the prison administration.
She also added that the prison administration did not allow prisoners to access various newspapers including Yeni Yaşam and also reported that their radios had been seized.
Bediye Arzuman clarified that her family had filed a “petition over and over again to the prison administration to transfer my son to a closer prison but they have not replied. We demand that our son is transferred to a closer prison”.
She also stated that her son was often subjected to solitary confinement in prison and she called on human rights associations to address and solve these violations of human rights. According to a recent report by CHP deputy Sezgin Tanrıkulu on rights violations in prisons, 105 violations occured in prisons in Turkey in September.