Turkish opposition deputy: Women jailed with children are treated like enemies
Date posted: March 4, 2019
Sezgin Tanrıkulu, a deputy from Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), said on Monday that despite human rights law in the country, over 700 small children are in jail with their mothers, who are treated like enemies.
According to the CHP deputy, who expressed his view in a Twitter broadcast on human rights violations in Turkey, at no other time in Turkish history have women been detained and arrested with their children in such high numbers.
Tanrıkulu said the judiciary treats these women as if they were enemies in war and called for the release of the jailed women and their small children.
Most of these women are in pre-trial detention due to their real or alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which the regime in Turkey holds responsible for a failed coup in July 2016.
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Hizmet cannot establish a political party because politics all over the world are mostly based on contention, challenge, belittling opponents and division. Forming a political party would harm the Hizmet movement but similar to Rumi’s compass, it endeavors to establish critically constructive contact with every single human being on the planet. Its main mission is to build bridges across cultures, communities, religions and so on.
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