Dozens of Turkish doctors are among those detained after coup

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 02 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4284
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. Montreal

Beatings, torture, and abuse have been commonplace in police stations and temporary detention centres holding over 10 000 people detained in the aftermath of Turkey’s failed coup, eyewitnesses have told Amnesty International.

At least one hospital in Turkey and one in Somalia have been closed, as officials said they were linked to the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation, the government’s name for the network of institutions associated with Pennsylvania based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the failed coup.

More than 45 000 public employees have been dismissed and at least 13 165 people detained to date. Arrests, sackings, and institutional closures are likely to continue for weeks as multiple investigations target alleged Gülenist infiltration of public institutions. The detained include 8838 soldiers, 2101 judges and prosecutors, 1485 police officers, and 689 civilians.

Many detainees are being held in …

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