At least 10,000 Turkish troops have been detained and raped, starved and left without water for days, according to Amnesty International.
The group claim that the detainees, who were imprisoned after the failed military coup, are being held in stables and sports halls.
In a statement the Human Rights campaigners say they have ‘credible evidence’ that the detainees are being beaten and tortured, in official and unofficial detention centres across the country.
Amnesty International’s Europe director, John Dalhuisen: “Reports of abuse including beatings and rape in detention are extremely alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in the past week.
“The grim details that we have documented are just a snapshot of the abuses that might be happening in places of detention.”
The group has called for immediate access to prisoners after the coup a week ago which sparked a brutal crackdown and a three-month state of emergency.Detained Turkish soldiers who allegedly took part in a military coup arrive with their hands bound behind their backs at the Istanbul Justice Palace
More than 200 died in the uprising which aimed to topple President Erdogan – and 1,500 were injured.
Dalhuisen said: “It is absolutely imperative that the Turkish authorities halt these abhorrent practices and allow international monitors to visit all these detainees in the places they are being held.”
“Reports of abuse including beatings and rape in detention are extremely alarming, especially given the scale of detentions that we have seen in the past week.
Family members of detained Turkish soldiers wait in front of the Istanbul Justice Palace
Amnesty has also spoken to lawyers, doctors and a person on duty in a detention facility about the conditions in which detainees were being held.
The group heard troubling reports of torture in ‘unofficial locations’, particularly at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall, Ankara Başkent sports hall and the riding club stables there.
According to the accounts, police are forcing detainees to remain in stress positions; they are handcuffed with cable ties and forced to kneel for hours.
In many cases the ties are fastened too tight and left wounds on the arms of detainees.Turkish President Erdogan on July 20 chaired a crunch security meeting for the first time since the failed coup.
There are also reports of rape and sexual assault.
Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being raped with a truncheon or finger by police officers.
A person on duty at the Ankara Police Headquarters sports hall saw a detainee with severe wounds consistent with having been beaten, including a large swelling on his head.
The detainee could not stand up or focus his eyes and he eventually lost consciousness.
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