COVID-19 in Turkish prisons | “36 people remain in quarantine”

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The Association of Civil Society in the Penal System (CÄ°SST) released its monthly report on complaints from detainees amid the pandemic.

Covering the period from December 1 to December 31, 2021, the report was prepared based on COVID-19-related complaints reported to the association via its hotline and by mail. Information on prisons and prisoners was kept confidential during the preparation of the report.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, requests have been made to the CÄ°SST from 184 different prisons; while 130 of them are closed penitentiaries, 54 are open penitentiaries.

Concerns about infection in quarantine

The CÄ°SST’s December 2021 report listed the following complaints from detainees regarding the condition of the quarantine rooms:

“Overall, all detainees are increasingly worried about being sent to hospital because they fear their risk of catching the virus will increase when they remain in quarantine for 14 days upon their return from the hospital. hospital.

“Prisoners who cannot survive on their own do not want to be referred to hospital because they do not know how they will meet their quarantine needs.

“Critically ill detainees who have to go to hospital are kept in quarantine upon their return from hospital and detainees who cannot support themselves have several problems.

“Sick prisoners who must be under observation and cannot remain alone according to medical reports continue to be held alone in quarantine rooms, they do not benefit from any health service and their regular health checks are not carried out. .

“In some quarantine rooms, some sick detainees cannot adequately benefit from the necessary health services.

“In some prisons, the quarantine period for prisoners staying in the quarantine quarters is increasing due to new arrivals in the quarantine ward; even if they are negative for the virus, they are forced to remain in quarantine for periods well in excess of 15 days.

No ventilation, no clean air

“In some prisons the ventilation is arbitrarily opened late and closed early; its closure minimizes opportunities for clean air.

“In some prisons, the quarantine rooms are not hygienic, they are not cleaned or well ventilated even if complaints are lodged with the prison administrations.

“In some prisons, inmates in quarantine are not allowed to go outside for fresh air or they are held in areas without ventilation; for this reason, the quarantine conditions are applied as an isolation.

Blood, urine stains on the beds, sheets

“In some prisons, the quarantine areas are set up as rooms and inmates stay there in large groups of 26 to 36 people.

“In some prisons, the quarantine rooms are overcapacity, the inmates stay in closed bunks or lie on the floor.

“In some prisons there are blood and urine stains on the beds and sheets and they are not changed.

No right to information in quarantine

“In some prisons, basic needs of inmates in quarantine such as newspapers, radio, television, books and teapot are not being met.

“In some prisons, radios bought by inmates in the prison canteen with their own money are seized and the right to obtain information is minimized because access to the AM band is blocked.

“In some prisons, inmates who are quarantined due to a suspected COVID-19 case or measures cannot access their right to make a phone call and look fresh compared to others inmates.

“The conditions of some sick prisoners have deteriorated due to the negative impacts of the quarantine conditions. “(AS / SD)

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