Ill prisoner under quarantine for 73 days

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  • 10:18 6 December 2021
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DİYARBAKIR - Ill prisoner Aziz Tufan, who is constantly taken to the hospital due to his health problems, has been held under quarantine for 73 days on the grounds of the measures taken against the pandemic.
The measures taken in prisons during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic turned into isolation, especially for ill prisoners. Ill prisoners are quarantined for 2 weeks each time they are taken to hospital. Aziz Tufan (29), who suffers from vertigo as well as intestine and stomach diseases, is one of these prisoners. Tufan, who is being held in Diyarbakır High Security Prison No. 1, has been held in solitary confinement for 73 days as he is frequently taken to the hospital.
Tufan's mother, Yesure Tufan (52), is angry that her son has been in quarantine for weeks. Mother Tufan pointed out that the families of the ill prisoners participated in the Justice Watch, which was initiated by the families in the Diyarbakir Bar Association for ill prisoners to be released as well as those whose time in prison expired but not being released by the prison administrations, called for the demands to be met immediately.
Stating that his son has been imprisoned for 5 years and his illnesses have increased due to the prison conditions, Tufan said, "The prison does not provide hot water and the food is not enough and not clean. My son's health and psychology have not been good for a month. Besides vertigo, he has problems with his intestines and stomach. My son is held in quarantine. He is brought to and from hospitals, but his medicines are not given. We can't get information about his condition. We only know that he is in quarantine." 
Tufan, who denied the accusations against her son in prison, said, “They stole the youth of our children. Our children are not to blame. Now they want them to say that they regret who they are. This is not acceptable. The Kurds have nothing left to do, if there is anyone to regret, it is the state itself. It is the torture they inflict on us prisoners' families. I live close to the prison and I can still see my child, but the children of other families are held in prisons so far away and have not seen them for years. Contact visits have begun, but they only give half an hour to see our children. What good would half an hour do? SOme families travel for hours to see their children in prison."
Stating that "enemy law" is applied to political prisoners, Tufan said, “They do not accept the existance of Kurds. Even if our children are held in prison for 30 years, when they get out, they claim their struggle and do not give in. Because they know enemy law is applied for us."  Tufan pointed to the Justice Watch in the bar association building and continued as follows: "Those mothers are staging a very sacred sit in. Despite their age, they sit in those chairs all day. Mothers are in action not only for their own children, but for all ill prisoners. The demands must be met. The torture in prisons must come to an end. We will never submit to the enemy. We always have hope. The days when we reunite with our children is close."
MA / Eylem Akdağ

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