Approximately 300,000 inmates and detainees are deprived of their liberty in Turkey. 2,500 of them are children between 6 and 18 years old. There are more than 750 babies between 0-6 years old, staying with their mothers in prison. And, there are approximately 4,000 women imprisoned for political reasons. According to latest reports by human rights bodies, there are three to four times more inmates than their capacity in Turkish prisons.
As IAHRA Geneva and London Advocacy Group, we are putting pression on related UN bodies and mandates to take an urgent action against the situation in Turkish prisons amid this COVID-19 pandemic.