520 children of imprisoned mothers growing up in jail, yet Turkey celebrates Children’s Day


Date posted: April 24, 2017

As Turkey celebrated the 97th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Parliament and National Sovereignty and Children’s Day on April 23, at least 520 children with imprisoned mothers have been deprived of enjoying the day as they are obliged to grow up in jail.

According to recent data released by the Ministry of Justice, more than 6,000 females are held in penal institutions, constituting around 9 percent of the total prison population in Turkey.

A total of 2,258 of them are mothers, of whom 520 are obliged to raise their 0 to 6-year-old children in prison.
A witch-hunt started by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 against people affiliated with the Gülen movement has done nothing but cause more tragedies for mothers with children.

With the 97th anniversary of the foundation of the Turkish Parliament and National Sovereignty and Children’s Day marked on April 23 in Turkey, at least 520 children are currently living in prisons with their mothers across the country,

Turkey’s first parliament, the Turkish Grand National Assembly (TBMM), met for the first time in Ankara in 1920 during the War of Independence to lay the foundations for an independent, secular and modern republic.

Children were made the focus of April 23 celebrations after Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey and the first speaker of the TBMM, dedicated the day to children as the nation’s future.

Source: Turkey Purge , April 23, 2017


Related News

Turkish Gov’t Systematically Violated 12 Fundamental Rights During Emergency Rule

Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), has announced that Turkish government has systematically violated 12 fundamental human rights during the ongoing state of emergency in the country.

Peace and prosperity for Turkey lies in philosophy of Nursi says Altan Tan

On one hand he is a devout Muslim, and former member of the conservative Welfare Party (Refah Partisi), which was thrown out of the government in 1997 after a military memorandum, commonly known as the February 28 post-modern coup. Equally important for Tan is his identity as a Kurdish political figure, seeking political rights for his people and an end to conflict between armed rebels and the state.

Public ad budget unfairly allocated to pro-gov’t media

Separate sources have suggested that several public institutions prefer pro-government dailies and TV stations over other media, an initiative that follows Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements about “the opposition that cooperates with an international conspiracy seeking to topple the government.”

Purge of ‘parallel state’ or legitimizing discrimination

The profiling of religious Muslim students who are part of the Hizmet movement caused them to be barred from obtaining high positions such as being academics at state institutions, according to Aymaz.

Opposition, diplomats slam gov’t attempt to shut down Turkish schools

The government’s attempts to shut down Turkish schools abroad which are affiliated with the Hizmet movement, inspired by the teachings of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, have been severely criticized by opposition members and diplomats.

Turkish family kept at Kiev airport for days at Turkey’s request

A Turkish family that was reportedly detained by Ukrainian authorities on Thursday, have been kept in a room at Kiev Boryspil Airport for three days, waiting to be deported to Turkey, according to a video recording the family members posted on social media.

Latest News

Rhode Island’s latest refugees flee Turkey’s repressive regime

Turkey’s Gulen supporters flee to Greece – BBC World

Pro-gov’t journalist suggests killing family members of jailed Gülen followers

Le Monde: Ankara offered Senegalese government $7.5 million to transfer Yavuz Selim educational group to Maarif

In Greece, Turks tell of lives full of fear in Recep Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkish Police Wait To Detain Another Women Just Hours After Delivery

A battle for power in Turkey faces resistance in Senegal

Turkish family drowned in Aegean Sea while escaping from Erdogan regime

To escape from Turkey, they told their children it was a game

In Case You Missed It

Turkish police brutally torture suspect over Gulen links

Australian Relief Organization completes orphanage refurbishment project in Malawi

Reasons to be worried about Turkey’s direction

Turkish opposition: Enquiry against Gülen politically motivated

Erdoğan’s plan to contain corruption scandal

Ergenekon opinion lists subversive plans for coup d’état

Coup and Countercoup in Turkey

Erdoğan steps up campaign against Gülen-inspired schools abroad

Think Twice on Turkey: Erdogan’s Purges Are a Warning to Washington

Copyright 2017 Hizmet News