Child pregnancies reignite sexual abuse debate in Turkey

One hundred and fifteen girls, including 39 from Syria, have been treated at a single hospital in Istanbul in less than five months. News website Hurriyet Daily reported 38 girls became pregnant before the age of 15, and 77 before turning 18. A hashtag, which translates as ‘You can’t cover up the abuse of 115 children’, has been used more than 47,000 times since Wednesday.

The story has also reignited wider debates about sexual abuse and women’s rights. Referring to previous assertions that women should not laugh in the street and should dress modestly, one user suggested the focus should shift away from women’s behaviour and onto their protection.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-42730442

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Watch of Shame at Delivery Room Entrance for Ayşe Ateş, A Mother Who Just Gave Birth

Ayşe Ateş, an accountant dismissed from her job due to the statutory decrees in Turkey, gave birth today. Despite the doctor’s advice, the prosecutor denied Ayşe Ateş’s mother to stay with her. Soldiers waited for Ayşe Ateş outside the delivery room entrance. After the delivery, Ayşe Ateş and her one-day-old baby were brought back to the prison. CHP Deputy and human rights activist lawyer Sezgin Tanrıkulu said, “History has not seen such unscrupulousness”.

Source: http://aktifhaber.com/15-temmuz/boyle-vicdansizligi-tarih-yazmadi-1-gunluk-bebegiyle-tekrar-cezaevinde-h110813.html

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Prison Conditions For Women and Children in Turkey

Attached is a presentation regarding the prison conditions for women and children. It can be utilized and shared by anyone to advocate for the release of women and children from the Turkish prisons.

Download the presentation as a PowerPoint file: AST_Women-Children-in-Prison

Download the presentation as a pdf: AST_Women-Children-in-Prison

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International and National Organizations on Childrens Rights in US and Abroad

City, State/Country Name of Institution Website Address
New York / USA UNICEF https://www.unicef.org
Fairfield, CT / USA Save the Children www.savethechildren.org/
New York / USA Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/
New York / USA Human Rights Foundation https://www.humanrightsfoundation.org
Geneva, SWITZERLAND United Nations Human Rights Council (UN HRC) www.ohchr.org/hrc
New York / USA Internatioanl Federation for Human Rights https://www.fidh.org
New York / USA Human Rihts First https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/
Geneva, SWITZERLAND Humanium https://www.humanium.org
Dublin, IRELAND Children’s Rights Alliance https://www.childrensrights.ie/
New York / USA NESRI-National Economic and Social Rights Initiative https://www.nesri.org
New York / USA VERA Institute of Justice https://www.vera.org/
Kansas City, MO Children International https://www.children.org/
Washington, D.C./USA the Global Fund for Children http://support.globalfundforchildren.org
Portland, OR / USA Child Foundation https://www.childfoundation.org/
Washington, D.C./USA Children’s Defense Fund http://www.childrensdefense.org/contact/
London, United Kingdom National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children https://www.nspcc.org.uk/
Washington, D.C./USA First Focus https://firstfocus.org/
Louisville, KY National Safe Place http://www.nationalsafeplace.org/
San Fransisco, CA / USA Futures Without Violance https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/
San Francisco, CA The Forgotten International https://www.theforgottenintl.org/about-tfi/contact/
New York / USA End Violance Against Children http://www.end-violence.org/contact-us
New York, NY Marta Santos Pais/ Special Representative of the Secreta http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/contact
New York Equity for Children


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The State of Turkey`s Children: Victims of Unlawfulness

October 2017/ (32 Pages)

The findings of the report reveal a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses against innocent children in Turkey and abroad. By the end of August 2017, 688 children under the age of six are in jails across Turkey with their mothers. The report aims to highlight and raise awareness about the plight of thousands of children in Turkey and abroad subject to discrimination on several grounds prohibited by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Download Link: Children-Report-2017

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