Turkish Imrali prison .. The story of the church that Erdogan turned it to Guantanamo
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has succeeded in turning his country into a large prison, where prisons are crowded with thousands of opinion detainees and opponents. A highly guarded Emerali prison, described as “Guantanamo Turkey,” attests to the situation Ankara has reached under this tyrant and has made a former church a torture camp.
The island of Emerali which is known as Greek as Kalolymnos in the southern Marmara Sea, 12 kilometers from city of Bursa,Which is followed by administratively and militarily, with an area of 9.99 km2 and a coastline of 19.4 km.
After the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, the inhabitants of the small island moved to Greece and the land remained empty on its thrones. In 1933, the idea of converting it into a prison was introduced. In 1935, an old church was converted into a detention center by Fakhri Awstaa architect.
In the first year after the prison was built, the number of inmates reached 50, and in 1961 witnessed the execution of former Prime Minister Adnan Menderes, Foreign Minister Faten Rushdi Zorlu and Finance Minister Hassan Bulatkan. Their bodies remained on the island for about 29 years. The shrines assigned to it in Istanbul.
The detainees in Imrali prison continued to work in forced labor in the agriculture and soap production sector. Their products were then transferred to Istanbul and sold until the arrest of PKK leader and founder Abdullah Oghlan by Turkish intelligence in Nairobi, February 1999, To a heavily guarded prison.
Ohglan has been in solitary confinement since February 1999 to November 2009, where he received five other prisoners in similar political cases, including four Laborers Party leaders: Jumaeali Karsu, Bayram Kaymaz, Hasibi Ayadmayr, Shayakhmuz Buiraz and Haqi Alibhan of the Turkish Communist Party.
The Turkish government imposes a cover on “Imrali” and refuses to give any information about it until it has been described as “Guantanamo Turkey” because of the policies of stripping and strict isolation inside it.
The space reserved for the detainees’ detention rooms inside the prison is 12 meters, with a bed, a table, a small refrigerator, a toilet and a bathtub, There will be no more than 4 square meters.
The prison administration monitors the detainees 24 hours a day through surveillance cameras, and has only four hours of training: two hours in the morning and two at noon, but the prisoners see only high fences and watchtowers that tightly control the most controversial prison.
Detainees meet only 6 hours per week: 3 of them in sessions for talk and dialogue, and the same for exercise.
The detainees’ lawyers confirm that the illness, no matter how dangerous it is, is not displayed or transferred to any hospital outside, but is subject to medical supervision from a small medical clinic inside the prison.
The EU Committee against Torture sent a delegation between 19 and 22 May 2008 to examine the state of the prison and to verify the claims of Abdullah Oglan’s poisoning in his prison.
On January 26, 2010, a delegation from the European Committee against Torture arrived by helicopter to Imrali. The visit lasted 8 hours, following calls by EU and EU lawyers to send a medical team to examine him for similar attempts to assassinate he by toxic metals.
The lawyer revealed that the analysis of hairs pulled from Oglan in France and in the Italian capital Rome proved to be a dose of chromium, seven times higher than the normal rates.
In 2009, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Burak Ozogargin said that the conditions of Imrali prison are in line with international standards, ignoring the observations of human rights organizations. The European Court indicated that there were no new factors indicating that there was an improvement in the living conditions of the inmates.
The Committee against Torture of the European Union returned to prison on 28 and 29 April 2016. In its report, the Government demanded that the relatives of the detainees be allowed to visit their relatives inside the prison. The Committee proved that the conditions inside the prison were still deteriorating, although it said that it had improved slightly compared to the visit Committee delegation in January 2013.
The Committee also noted the isolation imposed on Ocalan, pointing out that supporters sent him 568 letters since 2015, received only 329 of them, and was allowed to send only one letter in the same period.
Paradoxically, the committee’s announcement of its report on its recent visit after Oglan’s complaints came in tandem with the Turkish military aggression on the northern city of Afrin, which is controlled by a Kurdish majority.
In August, Oglan’s lawyer confirmed that the government had rejected 779 requests to meet his client in his prison. “The requests amounted to 779 rejected by pretexts that the fascists do not believe, and there is no international law that prevents the prisoner and his rights protected in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Global Compact, the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Body of Principles for the Protection of Persons in Detention “.