Women imprisonment in Turkey

The 2016 military coup attempt was one of Turkey’s bloodiest coups the country has witnessed. Thousands of citizens on the streets, chaos erupting, and over 240 people were killed according to AlJazeera, The Independent and NPR.  Since then politics, governmental affairs, and anything concerning the coup or the system have been dangerous for citizens to openly speak about in Turkey. According to the Guardian, about 6,000 people were detained including 29 top generals. This number has escalated over the years, and although the coup attempt is being covered up by the government today, the detainees still remain imprisoned and are in need of justice. From the detainees, there are lawyers, professors, doctors, teachers, government officials, military officers, students, fathers, elders, mothers, and, horrifically, children and babies.  According to Vocal Europe in an article written by Leighann Spencer in 2017, 668 children under the age of six have been imprisoned along with their mothers, as well as 149 under the age of 12 months. This violates law 5275 of the Turkish Penal Code, “the sentence of imprisonment is to be left behind/postponed for women who are pregnant or have not passed six months since the conception of birth.” Many women have been arrested shortly after birth. This is one of many violations the Turkish government has crossed. Advocates of Silenced Turkey reported 17,000 women to be detained, which they held a protest in Chicago to raise awareness.  In addition there have been witnesses of rape, sexual assault, and torture committed to the women. ...read more

by The Tacoma Ledger Jan. 27, 2020 at 11:46am