1. Case of Nesibe Ozer

Nesibe Özer, Head of the 2nd Chamber of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was detained during the rst days after the attempted coup for alleged links to the Hizmet movement. According to her lawyer on September 9 she was placed in solitary con nement in the Bakırköy Prison in Istanbul. Özer began a hunger strike on September 27 to protest the solitary con nement and the lack of a response to her petition. 

2. Case of A.B.

On October 14, 2016, the prisoner A.B., a kidney patient, was se- verely beaten and dragged into her cell by prison guards while she was having a phone conversation with her mother. She was subsequently sent to the in rmary where she was referred to a general hospital. According to the daily newspaper that rst revealed the case, A.B. was still being held in Silivri prison by the end of October 2016, despite her continuous bleeding. 

3. Case of Beatriz Yubero

Spanish journalist Beatriz Yubero was taken in custody on Au- gust 5, 2016 reportedly over several tweets she shared about President Erdoğan. Suspected of “collaborating with the so- called FETÖ  organization,” which she categorically rejected, after almost 36 hours of interrogation in a gymnasium, she was deported on 6 August, only after being forced to sign a docu- ment saying she was leaving Turkey “of her own free will.” Ac- cording to media accounts, while in custody Ms. Yubero was subjected to strip search, deprived of food and water, denied medical care and the right to contact the Spanish Embassy, her family or a lawyer. 


4. Case of Nurhayat Yildiz

Nurhayat Yıldız, a pregnant woman from the northern province of Sinop, was detained on a bus bound for neighboring Samsun on August 29, 2016, while she was on her way to the doctor for a pregnancy examina- tion. She was 14 weeks pregnant with twins at the time after the couple had tried to have a baby for three years. Her husband stated everything was going well until her detention and imprisonment. She was charged with membership in the Hizmet movement. The authorities cited a mes- saging application called ByLock as evidence of a crime, although she said she had not even downloaded this publicly available application to her smartphone. Yıldız pleaded for her release from pre-trial detention, citing health issues backed by medical reports. Her petition however was turned down and she was kept in a crowded cell that housed 24 other inmates. Due to maltreatment Yıldız suffered a miscarriage on Oc- tober 6, 2016, during the 19th week of her pregnancy. She was returned back in prison after two days of treatment at the hospital in the pres- ence of a prison guard following the miscarriage. Her husband stated Yıldız later began having psychological problems in the jail after the miscarriage and concerns for her wellbeing persisted. Mrs. Yildiz was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison in the last February.

5. Case of Aysun Aydemir

Aysun Aydemir, an English teacher who gave birth to her baby on May 12, 2017 in an elective caesarean procedure, was placed to pretrial detention with a 3-day-old baby in Zonguldak prov- ince. Police o cers were reportedly waiting at the door of the delivery room when Aydemir was admitted to the private Eko- mar Hospital in the Ereğli district of Zonguldak. After giving birth by caesarean section, she was taken in custody, despite the fact that she was barely able to walk due to the surgery. Main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) lawmaker Sezgin Tanrıkulu reacted to the arrest of Aydemir in a tweet ad- dressed to Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ reading as follows: “Ay- sun Aydemir delivered 3 days ago. She has just been detained in Ereğli. She was sent to prison with a 3-day-old baby. Is this your justice?” 

6. Case of Aysenur Parildak

Journalist Ayşenur Parıldak, a former reporter for Zaman daily was detained on August 11, 2016 for being followed on Twit- ter by the Turkish whistleblower “Fuat Avni”, who has previously revealed through social media details of a number of police and judicial operations. In a letter from prison sent to a daily newspaper in early October 2016, Parıldak revealed she was subjected to violence and sexual harassment. Her letter also contained information on the conditions in prison, including the case of a former female judge who cut her wrists due to the harsh treatment. After her letter was published in the daily, the government’s response was to place her in isolation for 19 days. As a journalist, she was not only informing the public about her condition while in custody, she was also trying to be a voice for other women detainees. Parıldak reported the following: “We were taken to a doctor with a detained female judge. She had slit her wrists and attempted suicide. My roommate A.B. (who is 60 years old) has been strip searched twice.” Parıldak admitted in her letter that she fears being forgotten in jail. Journalist Ayşenur Parıldak was sentenced to 7 years plus 6 months in prison on charges of membership to a terrorist organization. 


For more information you can continue to read Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) Report about Women Rights in Turkey 

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