Amnesty Int'l slams Turkey for torture record

Amnesty International criticized Turkey on Thursday for failing to punish perpetrators of torture. Turkey's human rights record has long been stained with allegations of torture by security forces. European officials have welcomed Turkey's zero-tolerance policy against torture and ill treatment of prisoners, but Amnesty said Thursday that Turkey was dragging its feet in punishing offenders. "Torture, ill-treatment and killings continue to be met with persistent impunity for the security forces in Turkey," Amnesty said in a statement. "The investigation and prosecution of serious human rights violations committed by officers of the police and gendarmerie are flawed and compounded by inconsistent decisions by prosecutors and judges. As a result, justice for the victims of human rights violations is delayed or denied." Turkish authorities were not immediately available for comment on the report.