In CCTV video obtained by Turkish Dogan news agency Thursday July 21, 2016, soldiers fire at large public protests confronting the military unit in Turkey during last weekend's failed coup.
In CCTV video obtained by Turkish Dogan news agency Thursday July 21, 2016, soldiers fire at large public protests confronting the military unit in Turkey during last weekend's failed coup. Video from DHA via AP

Turkey accused of rape, torture of coup suspects

AMNESTY Internation claims it is in possession of credible evidence of the torture and rape of those detained following the failed coup attempt, reports Reuters

"It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they are being held," said Amnesty's Europe director John Dalhuisent.

The evidence comes as Turkish President Recep Erdogan increased the length of time suspects could be detained from four days to 30. 

Amnesty says this will make torture an maltreatment of prisoners more likely.

In a tweet earlier today, the group publicly stated: "rights cannot be taken away, even in a state of emergency."

The coup attempt faced bipartisan condemnation from both Turkey's ruling party and opposition, with tens of thousands heading to the streets to protest the attempt by the military to take over the government.

"This is a day to unite, a day to stand up against coups and dictatorial regimes, a day to let the voice of the people be heard," President Erdogan said at a rally.

"We are all together in Taksim today. Today is a day we made history all together."

Since the coup, the head of Turkey's air force has called for "absolute obedience" to the chief of the military General Staff. 

The President narrowly escaped capture and possible death during the coup attempt andhas declared a state of emergency, giving him the power to enact laws without parliamentary approval.

Erdogan's critics claim he is using the abortive coup to wage an indiscriminate crackdown on dissent. Turkish authorities loyal to the president have suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 public servants, including soldiers, police, judges, teachers, civil servants and others, in the past week.

Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday authorities had taken around 13,000 people into custody over the coup attempt.

"The state of emergency is a good thing and it's good that many people have been arrested and that the length of detentions has been extended," said one demonstrator.

"If people lost their jobs they must be guilty."



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