One of the most alarming actions of the Turkish authorities is the incarceration of women who are pregnant or have just given birth. Some are incarcerated with their children and others violently separated from them. At this moment, seven hundred forty-three (743) children under the age of six are in jails across Turkey with their mothers, detained or arrested as part of the government crackdown on its dissidents. One hundred forty-nine (149) of these children are infants under a year old. “This is simply outrageous, utterly cruel, and surely cannot have anything whatsoever to do with making the country safer” as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein” also emphasized.
Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of @AmnestyKirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned #judge in Turkey, #Neslihan Ekinci.
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— Amnesty Kirklees (@AmnestyKirklees) December 28, 2017
Jan Walters, a solicitor and member of Amnesty Kirklees writes a letter of solidarity to an imprisoned judge in Turkey, Neslihan Ekinci.
PERSECUTION OF WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN TURKEY
After July 15 failed coup attempt, Turkish government accused Fethullah Gulen and his followers for having connection with the failed coup. After death of 245 people failed coup, Turkish authorities started investigating people with any kind of link with the Gulen Movement. Since July 15 of 2016, more than 60,000 people have been arrested. They are all well educated individuals with different backgrounds such as soldiers, lawyers, judges, teachers, engineers and so on. Almost 150,000 people have been dismissed from their governmental jobs. But the most miserable stories are, of course, women and children’s.
Today 17,000 women, 668 babies and children are jailed in Turkey. While some of the children are brought to the prison with their mother, lots of children stays with their relatives or public dorms due to their parents are jailed. Nonetheless, some women imprisoned have serious disease and illnesses, which are exacerbated with the hard for prison conditions.
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