Diyarbakir Prison | The Worst Prisons in the World

Diyarbakir Prison

Americans got their first exposure to Turkish prisons with the film Midnight Express, but the movie fell short of reality in its portrayal of the prison horrors in the country. Diyarbakir is notorious for its use of torture on inmates, children sentenced to life, sewage-flooded hallways, overcrowding and murder. In 1996, guards and special forces stormed the prison killing 10 and injuring another 46, 9 of which were left in critical condition. An investigation revealed that the prison guards may have masterminded the attack. Diyarbakir has also seen countless suicides and hunger strikes to protest against the conditions at the prison and they systematic torture.

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