'An average of 5 prisoners die each week in the prisoners'
ANKARA (DİHA) - Members of the Istanbul branch of the Human Rights Association (IHD) marching from Istanbul to Ankara demanding the release of sick prisoners have arrived at the Sincan F Type Prison in Ankara.
Demanding the adaptation of the regulations of prisons to the international human rights standards and the elimination of the isolation policies in the prisons, the members of IHD and the relatives of the sick prisoners said they will continue their struggle until the sick prisoners are released. The marchers visited and read out press statements in front of the Ümraniye, Gebze, Kandıra and Bolu prisons, before reaching the Sincan prison in Ankara, from where they will march to the Ministry of Justice on 27 June to present a petition calling for the release of all sick prisoners.
Report to be presented to Ministry of Justice
Having met the members of IHD Ankara Branch, of several NGOs and the relatives of the sick prisoners, the group held a press conference in front of the prison. Speaking on behalf the group, a member of IHD Ankara Branch, Fatma Gunes said they will organize a massive action on 27 June in front of the parliament, adding that they will present to the Ministry of Justice a report on sick prisoners prepared by the Prisons Commission of the IHD.
'On average of 5 prisoners die each week'
Gunes said, according to the report, there were 642 sick inmates, 235 of them seriously ill, and that an average of 5 prisoners die each week in the prisoners. Gunes added that according to figures released by the Ministry of Justice, 14 prisoners had died in 2013 when they were waiting the medical reports, while 417 of 460 applications for medical reports had been rejected. She further said according to the figures of the Ministry, 252 prisoners in 2010, 252 in 2011and 260 in 2012 had died in the prisons.
Gunes further said: “Protective medical services must be given priority in the prisons. Required measures for the sufficient treatment of the sick prisoners must be immediately taken and those who are terminally ill must be released. The situation of the sick prisoners must be open to the control of human rights and medical organizations”. Gunes said the members of IHD and the relatives of the sick inmates would hold a sit-down protest in the Yuksel Street in the centre of Ankara tomorrow and added that they would continue their struggle until the release of the sick prisoners.