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Women and Children in Prison

Recent reports from the Journalist and Writers Foundation in Turkey and the Stockholm Center for Freedom have estimated the number of women in Turkish prisons is a staggering 17,000 along with over 660 children. Official records indicate that 23 percent of these children are infants less than a year old. Dr. Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society (a British foreign policy think tank) said “prison is no place for children in any civilized country”.

These reports have questioned the basis for the detainment and imprisonment of these women, as well as the timing of their arrests, in some cases shortly after giving birth. Many of these women have been held without charges being pressed and without access to legal representation, and in some cases, access to their family.

Reports from within Turkey have shown images of security officials waiting outside hospital rooms for mothers to be discharged in order to detain them and their newborn children. With the critical need of preventing bacteria during a child’s first months, questions about the conditions of the prisons where these women are held with their newborn children have also arisen in numerous media reports. Since “extra food, books, phone calls, trips to the hospital, and bathroom supplies are all added to inmates’ prison bills” some women with poor financial situation cannot afford basic hygienic items such as sanitary pads (which they are not provided).

The prison conditions are not satisfactory for the well being of women, and especially children. They are forced to stay in overcrowded rooms, denied health care, missing fresh air and have to share bed and meal.

Many inmates sleep on the floor. Human Rights Association (IHD) has stated that in Turkey, 1025 prisoners are in poor health, 357 of which are seriously ill. Nonetheless, at a parliamentary hearing, it was revealed that at least five women have suspiciously died at the women’s prison in Kocaeli’s Gebze district .

We wholeheartedly condemn this violation of basic human rights of not only the imprisoned women but also these children who are being subjected to a life behind bars without cause.

Read AST’s report on women and children in prison:
AST_1-28-18_REPORT4_WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK IN TURKEY

Download AST’s presentation on women and children in prison:
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AST_presentation_Persecution-of-women-in-Turkey.pdf

Download AST’s newsletter on women and children in prison:
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AST_Newsletter2_Womens-Rights-Newsletter.pdf

News and reports on women and children in prison:
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/TR/2018-03-19_Second_OHCHR_Turkey_Report.pdf
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AST_Newsletter2_Womens-Rights-Newsletter.pdf
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/13/hundreds-young-turkish-children-jailed-alongside-their-moms-as-part-post-coup-crackdown.html
http://jwf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Children-Report-2017-.pdf
http://jwf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Womens-Rights-Under-Attack.pdf
http://stockholmcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Jailing-women-in-Turkey.pdf

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement below to following addresses:

1. Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau
Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca

2. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, Chrystia Freeland
Email: Chrystia.Freeland@parl.gc.ca

3. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada, Ahmed D. Hussen
Email: Ahmed.Hussen@parl.gc.ca

4. Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee of Canada, Robert D. Nault
Email: Bob.Nault@parl.gc.ca

5. Justice and Human Rights Committee of Canada, Anthony Housefather
Email: Anthony.Housefather@parl.gc.ca

6. Embassy of Canada to Turkey in Ankara
Email: ankra@international.gc.ca

Download sample statement as a word document:
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/AST_Letter-Women-and-children-in-Prison.docx

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Mother’s Day 2018

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Turkish:

Tens of thousands of women, including housewives, journalists, teachers, academics, physicians, healthcare professionals, and businesswomen have been arbitrarily detained. Many of the detained women in the prison system have been routinely subjected to torture and ill-treatment. Women speaking out on abuses face threats, intimidation, persecution, and imprisonment.

Videos prepared by Advocates of Silenced Turkey.

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Women and Children in Prison

As you are aware, recent reports from the Journalist and Writers Foundation in Turkey and the Stockholm Center for Freedom have estimated the number of women in Turkish prisons is a staggering 17,000 along with over 660 children. Official records indicate that 23 percent of these children are infants less than a year old. Dr. Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society (a British foreign policy think tank) said “prison is no place for children in any civilized country”.

These reports have questioned the basis for the detainment and imprisonment of these women, as well as the timing of their arrests, in some cases shortly after giving birth. Many of these women have been held without charges being pressed and without access to legal representation, and in some cases, access to their family.

Reports from within Turkey have shown images of security officials waiting outside hospital rooms for mothers to be discharged in order to detain them and their newborn children. With the critical need of preventing bacteria during a child’s first months, questions about the conditions of the prisons where these women are held with their newborn children have also arisen in numerous media reports. Since “extra food, books, phone calls, trips to the hospital, and bathroom supplies are all added to inmates’ prison bills” some women with poor financial situation cannot afford basic hygienic items such as sanitary pads (which they are not provided).

The prison conditions are not satisfactory for the well being of women, and especially children. They are forced to stay in overcrowded rooms, denied health care, missing fresh air and have to share bed and meal.

Many inmates sleep on the floor. Human Rights Association (IHD) has stated that in Turkey, 1025 prisoners are in poor health, 357 of which are seriously ill. Nonetheless, at a parliamentary hearing, it was revealed that at least five women have suspiciously died at the women’s prison in Kocaeli’s Gebze district .

We wholeheartedly condemn this violation of basic human rights of not only the imprisoned women but also these children who are being subjected to a life behind bars without cause.

Read AST’s report on women and children in prison:
AST_1-28-18_REPORT4_WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK IN TURKEY

Download AST’s presentation on women and children in prison:
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AST_presentation_Persecution-of-women-in-Turkey.pdf

News and reports on women and children in prison:
http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/TR/2018-03-19_Second_OHCHR_Turkey_Report.pdf
http://silencedturkey.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AST_Newsletter2_Womens-Rights-Newsletter.pdf
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/02/13/hundreds-young-turkish-children-jailed-alongside-their-moms-as-part-post-coup-crackdown.html
http://jwf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Children-Report-2017-.pdf
http://jwf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Womens-Rights-Under-Attack.pdf
http://stockholmcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Jailing-women-in-Turkey.pdf

We urge everyone to take action. Express your views or send attached statement to your Representatives and Senators, and urge them to bring up this concern to the State Department:

U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senators
State Representatives
State Senators

Find your members of Congress:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
Find your senators:
https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?OrderBy=state

Download sample statement as a word document:
AST_Letter-Regarding-Women-and-children-in-Prison

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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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AST Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly Dec 4

Download as pdf: AST_Turkey’s Human Rights Violations Weekly_Dec4

Turkey’s Human Rights Violations | 11/27/2017-12/4/2017

1-“Turkish Police Bar İstanbul Rally To Show Solidarity With Jailed Journalists, Lawyers”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-bar-istanbul-rally-show-solidarity-jailed-journalists-lawyers/

2-“Turkish Government Jails Another Journalist”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-government-jails-another-journalist/

3-“Turkish Gov’t Investigates All Members Of CHP Party Assembly Over Erdoğan’s Complaint”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-investigates-members-chp-party-assembly-erdogans-complaint/

4-“People Flock To Social Media For Zarrab’s Trial As Turkish Media Opts Auto Censorship”
https://stockholmcf.org/people-flock-social-media-zarrabs-trial-turkish-media-opts-auto-censorship/

5-“Turkish Court Sentences 82-Year-Old Türk For 10 Years Over Gülen Links, Releases Him From Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-sentences-82-year-old-turk-10-years-gulen-links-releases-prison/

6-“Turkish Court Releases Hunger Striking Nuriye Gülmen From Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-court-releases-hunger-striking-nuriye-gulmen-prison/

7-“Turkish Gov’t Confiscates Assets Of Zarrab, Close Relatives Amid His Confessions In US”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-confiscates-assets-zarrab-close-relatives-amid-bribe-confessions-us/

8-“The Door Of Alevi Family Marked With Nationalist/Islamist Phrases In İstanbul”
https://stockholmcf.org/door-alevi-family-marked-nationalist-islamist-phrases-istanbul/

9-” EU Cuts Funds For Turkey’s Membership Bid As A Solid Warning To Ankara Over Human Rights Violations”
https://stockholmcf.org/eu-cuts-funds-turkeys-membership-bid-solid-warning-ankara-human-rights-violations/

11-“Turkish Gov’t Detains Hundreds Of People, Mostly Military Officers Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-hundreds-people-mostly-military-officers-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

10-“Turkish Gov’t Detains Nationalist News Portal’s Editor Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-nationalist-news-portals-editor-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

12-“22-Year Jail Term Sought For Turkish Director Over Movie Showing Erdogan’s Execution”
https://stockholmcf.org/22-year-jail-term-sought-for-turkish-director-over-movie-showing-erdogans-execution/

13-“ECtHR Rejects CHP’s Application Against April 16 Presidential Referendum In Turkey”
https://stockholmcf.org/ecthr-rejects-chps-application-against-april-16-presidential-referendum/

14-“EU’s Counter-Terrorism Chief: EU Does Not Deem Gülen Movement As ‘Terror Organization’”
https://stockholmcf.org/eus-counter-terrorism-chief-eu-does-not-deem-gulen-movement-as-terror-organisation/

15-“Turkish Journalist Cuma Ulus Jailed For Retweeting ‘Journalism Is Not A Crime’”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-journalist-cuma-ulus-jailed-for-retweeting-journalism-is-not-a-crime/

16-“EUobserver: European Foundation Demands Release Of Turkish Journalist Parıldak”
https://stockholmcf.org/euobserver-european-foundation-demands-release-of-turkish-journalist-parildak/

17-“Turkish Gov’t Issues Detention Warrants For 333 Military Officers Over Alleged Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-333-military-officers-over-alleged-links-to-gulen-movement/

18-“Turkish Gov’t Sentences Former Deputy, HSYK Inspector, University Student In Prison Over Alleged Gülen Links”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-sentences-former-deputy-hsyk-inspector-university-student-in-prison-over-alleged-gulen-links/

19-“Another Turkish Woman Detained On Coup Charges One Day After Giving Birth”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-hundreds-people-mostly-military-officers-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

20-“Turkish Author Perihan Mağden: I Feel Like A Jew In Nazi Germany”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-detains-nationalist-news-portals-editor-alleged-links-gulen-movement/

21-“Imprisoned HDP Leader Demirtaş Sues Turkish Interior Minister In Libel Case”
https://stockholmcf.org/imprisoned-hdp-leader-demirtas-sues-turkish-interior-minister-in-libel-case/

22-“Turkish Gov’t Issues Detention Warrants For 85, Including 10 Lawyers, Over Links To Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-govt-issues-detention-warrants-for-85-including-10-lawyers-over-links-to-gulen-movement/

23-“Turkish Police Suggested To Use ‘German Model’ To Identify Sympathisers Of Gülen Movement”
https://stockholmcf.org/turkish-police-suggested-to-use-german-model-to-identify-sympathisers-of-gulen-movement/

24-“A 57-Year-Old Prisoner With Toothache Passes Away At Turkey’s Mersin Prison”
https://stockholmcf.org/a-57-year-old-prisoner-with-toothache-passes-away-at-turkeys-mersin-prison/

25-“Report: Turkey’s MİT Abducts Turkish Businessman From Sudan”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-turkeys-mit-abducts-turkish-businessman-from-sudan/

26-“Father of three released only after wife died following heart attack”
https://turkeypurge.com/father-three-released-wife-died-following-heart-attack

27-“Main opposition lawmaker faces life in prison in retrial for espionage charges”
https://turkeypurge.com/main-opposition-lawmaker-faces-life-prison-retrial-espionage-charges

28-“Alevi home in Istanbul marked with racist slur”
https://turkeypurge.com/alevi-home-istanbul-marked-attacked-racist-slur

29-“Zarrab case in US further imperils 1 million Gülenists, family members in Turkey: AK Party deputy”
https://turkeypurge.com/zarrab-case-us-imperils-1-million-gulenists-family-members-turkey-ak-party-deputy

30-“28-year-old lawyer detained while planning to flee Turkey to Rhodes”
https://turkeypurge.com/28-year-old-lawyer-detained-planning-flee-turkey-greece

31-“Turkey’s national intel established special unit to go after Gülen supporters abroad: state-run news agency”
https://turkeypurge.com/turkeys-national-intel-established-special-unit-go-gulen-supporters-abroad-state-run-news-agency

32-“Uşak University’s former rector sentenced to 8 years in prison”
https://turkeypurge.com/usak-universitys-former-rector-sentenced-8-years-prison

33-“Erdoğan’s former speechwriter threatens Gülen movement over Zarrab case”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/28/erdogans-former-speechwriter-threatens-gulen-movement-over-zarrab-case/

34-“Elderly prisoner gets 11 days in solitary for expressing hope for release”
https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/11/28/elderly-prisoner-gets-11-days-in-solitary-for-expressing-hope-for-release/

35-“Gov’t trustee shuts down Kurdish-language audio library for disabled children”
https://turkeypurge.com/govt-trustee-shuts-kurdish-language-audio-library-disabled-children

36-“Businessmen who attempt to move assets abroad traitors: Erdogan”
https://stockholmcf.org/report-turkeys-mit-abducts-turkish-businessman-from-sudan/

37-“85 more military officers arrested on coup charges: report”
https://turkeypurge.com/85-military-officers-arrested-coup-charges-report

Türkiye tarafından işlenenen İnsan Hakları İhlalleri | 11/27/2017-12/4/2017

1-” Çocukları elinden alınan kadın feryat etti!”
http://aktifhaber.com/yasam/cocuklari-elinden-alinan-kadin-feryat-etti-h108413.html

2-“Reuters kareleriyle Gülmen’in tahliyesi”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/reuters-kareleriyle-gulmenin-tahliyesi-h108416.html

3-“Türkiye 2006-16 döneminde basın özgürlüğünün en çok zayıfladığı ülke oldu..”
http://aktifhaber.com/genel/turkiye-2006-16-doneminde-basin-ozgurlugunun-en-cok-zayifladigi-ulke-oldu-h108409.html

4-“Yargıtay ByLock Kullanımı için: Suçun işlenmesine somut olayın koşullarına göre kuvvetli belirti ”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/yargitay-bylock-kullanimi-icin-sucun-islenmesine-somut-olayin-kosullarina-gore-kuvvetli-belirti-h108407.html

5-“Hapishane koşullarını protesto için kendini yaktı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/hapishane-kosullarini-protesto-icin-kendini-yakti-h108313.html

6-“Silivri Cezaevinde yalnız kalmaması gereken Epilepsi hastası tek kişilik hücrede tutuluyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/silivri-cezaevinde-yalniz-kalmamasi-gereken-epilepsi-hastasi-tek-kisilik-hucrede-tutuluyor-h108236.html

7-“Gökhan Açıkkollu’nun işkenceyle öldürüldüğü kesinleşti..”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/gokhan-acikkollunun-iskenceyle-olduruldugu-kesinlesti-h108211.html

8-“AKP döneminde mahkum sayısı en az 4 kat arttı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/akp-doneminde-mahkum-sayisi-en-az-4-kat-artti-h108187.html

9-“Ve AKP 90’ları aştı: İşkence sorulamayacak konu statüsüne girdi”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/ve-akp-90lari-asti-iskence-sorulamayacak-konu-statusune-girdi-h108181.html

10-“Cezaevlerinde son 30 yılın en vahşi dönemi yaşanıyor”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevlerinde-son-30-yilin-en-vahsi-donemi-yasaniyor-h108180.html

11-“Tahliye oldu Tarsus Cezaevi işkencelerini anlattı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/tahliye-oldu-tarsus-cezaevi-iskencelerini-anlatti-h108110.html

12-” İşkence cezasızlık politikasıyla artırıldı”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/iskence-cezasizlik-politikasiyla-artirildi-h108072.html

13-“Suçlama: Lüks sitelerde oturmak ve tutuklu ailelerine yardım etmek”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/suclama-luks-sitelerde-oturmak-ve-tutuklu-ailelerine-yardim-etmek/

14-“‘Sizi gördüğüme inanamıyorum’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/nuriye-gulmene-tahliye-icimizdeki-mecbur-kurdunu-yitirmeyelim/

15-“‘Gurur tablosu’: İsparta’da Gülenci suçlamasıyla 397 kişi tutuklandı”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/malatyada-alevi-ailelerin-evlerine-kirmizi-isaret/

16-“Avukat Selçuk Kozağaçlı 19 gündür tecritte tutuluyor”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/avukat-selcuk-kozagacli-19-gundur-tecritte-tutuluyor/

17-“Gülen’in yeğeni Mezher Gülen hakkında 22,5 yıl hapis cezası istendi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/gulenin-yegeni-mezher-gulen-icin-225-yil-hapis-cezasi-istendi/

18-“MİT’ten ‘büyük operasyon’: Vergi rekortmeni işadamı Sudan’dan getirildi”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/mitten-buyuk-operasyon-tutuklu-isadami-sudandan-getirildi/

19-“‘400 dilekçe verdim, tek bir tutukluyu ziyaret edemedim’”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/400-dilekce-verdim-tek-bir-tutukluyu-ziyaret-edemedim/

20-“Türkiye ceezaevlerindeki 700 bebege ve 17 bin kadina ozgurluk!”
http://www.tr724.com/turkiye-cezaevlerindeki-700-bebege-17-bin-kadina-ozgurluk/

21-“Anne Nesrin Oğuz bebeğiyle gözaltına alındı”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/anne-nesrin-oguz-bebegiyle-gozaltina-alindi-h108456.html

22-“Beraat ettiysem suçsuzum işime iade edin”
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogana-osman-kavalayi-serbest-birakin-cagrisi/

23-“’TSK’ya operasyonda 85 tutuklama”
http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/tskya-operasyonda-85-tutuklama-h108431.html

24-“Cezaevini bomba arıyoruz diye köpeklerle bastılar”
http://aktifhaber.com/iskence/cezaevini-bomba-ariyoruz-diye-kopeklerle-bastilar-h108429.html

25-“‘Varlıklarını yurt dışına kaçıran işadamlarına asla izin vermeyin’
http://www.kronos.news/tr/erdogan-bazi-isadamlari-varliklarini-yurt-disina-kaciriyor/

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Another Turkish Woman Detained On Coup Charges One Day After Giving Birth

Fatma Türkmen, who gave birth to a baby in Ankara on Monday, was reportedly detained on Tuesday over alleged links to the Gülen movement.

According to a Twitter account, @Odak2014, police came to the hospital several hours after Türkmen gave birth to her baby, and took her to a police station in Ankara for interrogation. The mother was allegedly refused by police to see her newborn baby. The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.

This is not the first-time Turkish police detained a woman shortly after giving birth, as part of an ongoing investigation into the alleged followers of the Gülen movement.

In July, Rümeysa Doğan in an Antalya hospital and Ayşe Kaya from Edirne province were detained by police after delivery.

On June 2, Elif Aslaner, a religious education teacher who gave birth to a baby May 31 at a private hospital in Bursa province, was detained due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.

In May, Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who gave birth to a baby in an elective cesarean procedure, was detained at the hospital and subsequently arrested by a court and put in pretrial detention with a 3-day-old baby in Zonguldak province as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen movement.

In late January, Fadime Günay, who gave birth to a baby, was detained by police at Antalya’s Alanya Başkent Hospital.

In early January, Ş.A., a former private school teacher and mother of a week-old premature infant, was taken into police custody over links to the movement while she was on her way to the hospital to feed the baby.

A day after Ş.A. was taken into police custody, another woman known as Meryem gave birth to twins by C-section at a hospital in Konya and was detained by police despite hospital reports said that she should not travel and was taken to Aksaray from Konya in a police car.

According to recent data released by the Ministry of Justice, 668 children aged between 0 to 6 are being held in prison along with their parents.Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Source: https://stockholmcf.org/another-turkish-woman-detained-on-coup-charges-one-day-after-giving-birth/

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Freedom for Babies

There are more than 700 babies and 17 000 women in jail in Turkey. No more moms and babies should be behind the bars in Turkey.

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