Children Remain in Detention without Further Amendments

TuesdayLawyer Keresticioğlu stated that even after the amendments of the Anti-Terror Law, children still remain in detention under charges of “membership of an illegal organization” and “carrying explosives”. The lawyer demanded amendments of the Turkish Criminal Law for the release of the children.

Source: Istanbul – BİA News Center
24 August 2010
“It is presented as if crucial amendments have been made in the Anti-Terror Law but with these laws the children will remain detained in prison”.
Lawyer Filiz Kerestecioğlu points out that the amendments made in the Anti-Terror Law (TMK) are not sufficient for the release of children in prison. The amendments’ application confirms the lawyer’s concerns.
The Istanbul Deputy of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), Sebahat Tuncel, addressed the parliament with the problem that children have not been released from prison despite the legal amendments. A hundred children were released pending trial after the enforcement of the amendments. Tuncel asked the Minister of Justice, Sadullah Ergin, why the other children, some of them in prisons in the East of the country, were not released. Continue reading


Fiasco! Anti-Terror law changed but many children still in jail

Amendments did not apply to all children


Although anti-terror law (TMK) has been modified and more than 100 children who were on trial under this law have been released, because necessary amendments have not been done in the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) the children tried under TCK are not released by the courts.

Victims of the Turkish anti-terror laws better known with “stone-throwing terrorist” are still in custody due to insufficient legal amendments by the Turkish government. Istanbul Heavy Criminal Court Nr.9 refused to release the Kurdish children who have been in custody for 8 months on account of throwing stones to the police during a demonstration. The courts said the cases of the children fall within the scope of the Turkish Penal Code and unlike the other children whose files were within the scope of Anti-terror law the new legal amendments do not apply these children. Continue reading

The abuse of innocence

The abuse of innocence is a desperate crime. To exploit the trust and powerlessness of children is the very definition of depravity. Turkey has had to digest a series of truly disturbing headlines. One concerns the forced prostitution of adolescents at a boarding school in Siirt.

By AndrewFinkel

The second, “inspired” by the first and reported a year after the fact, is of how adolescents from another school in the same eastern reaches of the country raped two toddlers, one of whom died as a result. Ministers have complained about the sensational nature of the reporting, but then these are shocking events. The reporting may seem lurid, but the result should not be to raise the barometer of moral indignation, instead it should prompt a well-thought-through response. Continue reading

Time to arrest torturers!

Amnesty International, while welcoming legal amendments and the release of some imprisoned children, said that children were subjected to excessive and disproportionate ill-treatment by security officers.


Amnesty International (AI) while welcoming the legal amendment and release of the children said that, according to first hand information gained from the imprisoned children, these were mistreated and subjected to excessive and disproportionate force by the security forces. However, no police officer has been investigated or prosecuted regarding these allegations.

AI also urged the Turkish government to respect their absolute prohibition of torture and declare that they will conduct a proper and thorough investigation regarding torture allegations. AI also stated that although the children will be released other defendants over 18 will continue to be charged with terror crimes merely for participating in a demonstration and their unfair trial will go on.

Act now to stop unfair prosecutions of children under Turkey¹s anti-terror laws


Act now to stop unfair prosecutions of children under Turkey’s anti-terror laws

19 July 2010
AI Index: PRE01/005/2010

Amnesty International has warned that draft legislative amendments scheduled to be discussed by the Parliament tomorrow, 20 July, would not, on their own, prevent violations of the rights of children.
“To end unfair prosecutions under anti-terrorism laws, the authorities must amend the definition of the crimes themselves, not only the ones under which children are sentenced,” said Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey.

Amnesty International’s research has shown that children, some as young as 12, have been prosecuted under anti-terrorism laws in adult courts, in violation of present domestic law, in provinces where no Children’s Courts exist.

The amendments would reduce or withdraw the sentences of some of the children convicted under anti-terrorism laws, a reform long demanded by civil society groups in Turkey. They also aim to end the prosecution of children in adult Special Heavy Penal Courts.

Overly broad and vague anti-terrorism legislation regarding “membership of a terrorist organization” and “making propaganda for a terrorist organization” under which the children are prosecuted would remain unchanged. Continue reading

Amnesty International publishes stories told by children arrested in Turkey under anti-Terrorism Law

Children tell Amnesty International their grim stories of abuses while in the hands of security forces


The report published today by Amnesty International called “Turkey: All children have rights: End unfair prosecutions of children under anti-terrorism legislation”, contains many first-hand accounts from children taken into custody. The children tell of their ordeal while in the hands of the security forces.

A child told Amnesty International how he was detained by police at the scene of a demonstration in Diyarbakir:

“A police officer caught me by the arm and beat me with a baton. I tried to escape but another officer caught me and beat me too. After that four or five officers beat me with batons and punched and kicked me.” Continue reading