U.N. torture investigator to visit Turkey, jails next week

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 24, 2016 10:21 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. torture investigator is going to Turkey from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 at government invitation and plans to visit police stations, prisons and pre-trial facilities where detainees are held to discuss "challenges" related to torture, a U.N. statement said.

Turkey has sacked or suspended more than 125,000 officials in the military, civil service, judiciary and elsewhere since a failed coup attempt in July. About 36,000 have been jailed pending trial, in a crackdown condemned by Western allies and rights groups.

"I look forward to engaging with the Turkish Government on how to meet the challenges of upholding the rule of law, promoting accountability, and fulfilling the right of reparations for victims, in particular in the aftermath of the attempted coup in July of this year," the independent U.N. special rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, said in a statement.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Larry King)