Turkey issues warrants for 73 pilots linked to Gulen

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HRW said it had uncovered 13 alleged abuse cases, ranging from the use of stress positions and sleep deprivation to severe beatings, sexual abuse and the threat of rape.

"There was not a part of (a detainee's) body that was not covered in bruises", an unnamed forensic specialist told HRW.

The decrees that were passed down in this context have removed important human rights safeguards, according to the report "A Blank Check: Turkey's Post-Coup Suspension of Safeguards Against Torture".

Turkey's documents includes evidence Gulen's network established a quasi-state within the Turkish state in an attempt to topple the government and ultimately tried to take over the state via a bloody coup.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during Democracy and Martyrs Rally, organized by him and supported by ruling AK Party (AKP), oppositions Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), to protest against last month's failed military coup attempt, in Istanbul, Turkey, August 7, 2016.

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It said the government has "the right - and even the obligation - to protect the public, investigate crimes committed during the attempted coup, including murder and causing bodily harm, and to hold those responsible to account". "They beat me on the soles of my feet, on my stomach, then squeezed my testicles, saying things like they'd castrate me".

However, a state of emergency does not give the government carte blanche to suspend rights, Human Rights Watch said. These fears are not unfounded. Other media reports said more than 200 soldiers and civilians had been detained in coup-related operations on Thursday.

The group also said the authorities restricted access to attorneys, and often only allowed legal aid lawyers to those arrested.

During his four-day visit, Bozdag will attend a panel discussion on the July 15 coup attempt, organized by the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research (SETA) and inaugurate Anadolu Agency's photo exhibit in Washington on "The Rise of the National Will". Widespread and systematic torture has been a longstanding problem in Turkey.

In another incident, a person who was detained described in a statement to a prosecutor how he was tortured in detention.

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