The Justice Palace is seen in Ankara, Turkey November 22, 2016. REUTERS/Umit Bektas
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The UN's expert on torture was Monday beginning a week-long visit to Turkey following claims prisoners have been ill-treated in the wake of the July failed coup.Nils Melzer, special rapporteur on torture, arrived in Turkey on Sunday and will speak with alleged victims and inspect detention facilities, the United Nations in Ankara said. His visit, the first by a UN torture expert to Turkey since 1998, comes a month after US-based watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Turkish police of torturing detainees.HRW last month cited 13 cases of alleged abuse, including torture, sleep deprivation, severe beatings, sexual abuse and rape threats among people detained.
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