Jumpsuits measure “violates right to presumed innocence” – press freedom group

A campaigning press freedom group says it “is appalled” by a Turkish state of emergency decree ordering detainees accused of terror charges to wear Guantanamo Bay-style jumpsuits.

“This arbitrary measure will violate the right of dozens of detained Turkish journalists to be presumed innocent,” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said.

“In addition to being jailed on extremely grave charges, these journalists will now be stigmatised by the colour-coded attire they must wear when being tried.”

“The sole aim of this measure is to humiliate, intimidate and stigmatise the detainees concerned,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “In violation of the right to be presumed innocent, imprisoned journalists will be identified with the perpetrators of the bloody coup attempt of July 15, 2016.”

Decree 696, issued on Sunday, states that defendants charged with taking a role in the 2016 coup attempt will have to wear brown jumpsuits, while those on terror charges will have to wear grey jumpsuits.

The dehumanising measure could affect over 58,000 detainees, RSF said.


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