Since the coup attempt of July 15th 2016, at least 4.463 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed. Neslihan Ekinci was the first female general secretary of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) in Turkey until July 2016. She was dismissed the day after the coup attempt by the Turkish Government and she was taken into custody on 18th July 2016 and till May 2018 she was kept in solitary confinement, since then she has a cellmate.
Ms Ekinci is suffering from serious mental health problems as a result of her detention. Burak Haylamaz (student of the European Law School at Maastricht University) wrote a paper analysing the situation of former judge Neslihan Ekinci and concludes that her solitary confinement is unlawful and amounts to torture.
Neslihan Ekinci’s case has attracted attention from all over the world, including from Amnesty International. Click here to watch a clip about Neslihan Ekinci.