Mar 28 2018

More students jailed in Turkey than total number of prisoners before AKP

The number of students in prison Turkey in 2017 is higher than the number of all those jailed in when the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in 2002, journalist İrfan Aktan wrote on the Birartibir left-wing online forum citing Justice Ministry figures.

Aktan said the exact number of students in prison is uncertain, but it is likely to be around 70,000, up from the 69,000 jailed according to official Justice Ministry figures in 2016. The numbers have been boosted by hundreds convicted and on remand for the crime of insulting the president and those detained under the ongoing state of emergency imposed after the 2016 failed coup.

That compares to a total number of 59,429 prisoners jailed in Turkey in 2002, the year the AKP came to power, Aktan said Justice Ministry figures showed.

The condition of jailed students has worsened since a government decree issued in the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup that said prisoners arrested or convicted on terrorism charges could not take student exams.