I haven’t heard of anything like this in Turkey – despite the hammering it gets from the Western media about human rights abuses:
Several migrants allege they were electrocuted and one man says his testicles were pulled by pliers
“Italian police officers used torture on some migrants while trying to process them, an Amnesty International report has claimed.
The rights watchdog also said it had received “consistent accounts that arbitrary detention, intimidation and excessive physical force” had been used to force migrants – survivors of the treacherous Mediterranean crossing – to give their fingerprints to the authorities for processing.
The Italian authorities have strongly denied the allegations.
Fingerprinting is used to identify where migrants first entered the EU and can be used prevent them from moving to different countries. Out of 170 migrants in Italy interviewed by Amnesty, most voluntarily gave their fingerprints and reported no problems, but 24 people alleged having been subjected to ill-treatment by police.
Several others said unnecessary or excessive force had been used to make them give their fingerprints, the group added.
A man named only as Adam, a 27-year-old from Darfur, Sudan, told Amnesty that policemen beat him and subjected him to electric shocks with a stun baton after he refused to provide his fingerprints.
Adam claimed the officers then made him take off his clothes and pulled on his genitals with a tool. “They held me from shoulders and legs, took my testicles with the plier, and pulled twice,” Adam said. “I can’t say how painful it was.”
“I categorically deny that violent methods are used on migrants both during identification and during repatriation,” said Italian police chief Franco Gabrielli.
Just out of curiosity, I wonder what the meaning of “categorically” is in this context.