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

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.

Turkish police continues torturing Kurdish children

A 10-year old Kurdish boy was detained in Yuksekova district of Hakkari and taken to the police station where he was mistreated


After the amendments done in the anti-terror law so that children throwing stones to the police would not be arrested or imprisoned, reality remains unchanged.

A 10-year old Kurdish boy was detained in Yuksekova district of Hakkari and taken to the police station where he was mistreated. The father says his son was begging him to get him out of the station with these words: “Dad! They are killing me. Save me, please!”

Police attacked a demonstration in Yuksekova held on 27 July that protested against the lynch attempts and attacks on the Kurds in Inegol and Hatay. Riot police using tear gas and water canons arrested several protestors including 10-year old D. Ö. He was taken to Yuksekova security directorate where he was beaten up for 10 hours. When the father Fikret Ö. was in the station looking for his son, he found his son’s face covered with bruises.

KHRP Commends Reforms of Anti-terror Law for Children

KHRP commends today’s reforms passed by the Turkish Parliament concerning the application of anti-terror laws against children in Turkey, which sends an important signal that the current practice of treating children as terrorists is incompatible with international human rights norms and is not conducive to creating a space for a democratic resolution to the Kurdish issue. KHRP urges the government to allocate sufficient human and financial resources and expertise to ensure not only adequate implementation, but to more widely confront the widespread criminalisation and detention of children.

For more info contact Pranjali Acharya, Resources and Communications Manager or Catriona Vine, Legal Director of the Kurdish Human Rights Project on +44 (0) 207 405 3835

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The Prosecution of Children under the Anti-Terror Laws in Turkey, discussion and film showing tomorrow 22 July

The Prosecution of Children under the Anti-Terror Laws in Turkey


Invite to a discussion with Serkan Akbas, Kurdish lawyer, member of Diyarbakir Bar Association and Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) and a short  film ”Taslanan Vicdanlar/Brutal Consciences’ by Cenk Örtülü & Zeynel Koç in  Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles, running time 50 minutes. Continue reading

TURKEY: Kurdish teenager convicted as terrorist for attending demonstration

Convicted of terrorism, a Kurdish teenager is serving a seven-year, nine-month prison sentence in Turkey’s Prison E in Diyarbakir.

Source: Los Angeles Times

 On October 9, 15-year-old Berivan Sayaca left her parents’ home in Batman in southeast Turkey to pay a visit to her aunt. She never came home. Convicted of terrorism, a Kurdish teenager is serving a seven-year, nine-month prison sentence in Turkey’s Prison E in Diyarbakir. On October 9, 15-year-old Berivan Sayaca left her parents’ home in Batman in southeast Turkey to pay a visit to her aunt. She never came home.

According to news reports, Turkish authorities charged that Sayaca stopped at a demonstration organized by the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, known by the acronym PKK, and threw stones at police. Her advocates deny that she attended the protest and say she simply passed through the crowd. They say the rally was coordinated not by the PKK but by the recently banned Kurdish political party Peace and Democracy, or BDP.

In densely populated and economically suffering southeast Turkey, pro-Kurdish protests are commonplace. On some occasions, youths have thrown stones and gasoline bombs at police, who respond with tear gas and water cannons, the BBC reported. Continue reading

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

12-year-olds ‘held under anti-terror law’

12-year-olds ‘held under anti-terror law’

Source: Alexander Christie-Miller The Times. London (UK): Jul 15, 2010.
“If you don’t stay positive you could die in those four walls,” says
Amed, a soft-spoken Kurdish teenager, as he gazes across wasteland to
the juvenile prison where he spent a year. The squat complex of
buildings in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir has held
hundreds of youths tried as terrorists, mostly for doing little more
than throwing stones or attending demonstrations that were sanctioned
by the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

If convicted on a range of charges — the most serious of which is
throwing a petrol bomb — Amed, 17, would be in his sixties by the
time he is released.

He is one of an estimated 4,000 children, some as young as 12, say
lawyers, who have fallen victim to Turkey’s anti-terror laws.
Amed — not his real name — who is on bail after spending 12 months
in jail awaiting trial, said that the police seized, beat and
arrested him after he walked by a demonstration marking the
anniversary of the arrest of the PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan.
Amed said that police broke his nose so badly that he has problems
breathing. “When I saw my face in the mirror I couldn’t recognise
myself,” he said. Continue reading

Young Berivan suffers from isolation in prison

Her family says she has hurt herself several times

Source: ANF Ankara

Fifteen-year-old girl goes through a trauma in prison since she has been held alone in a barrack for nine months. She has hurt herself sometimes, said her families.

Young Berivan Sayaca had been sentenced to seven years and nine months in prison for simply throwing stones at police during a meeting organized by Peace and Democracy Part (BDP) in Batman.

Berivan began to be known by public following her letter to the Human Rights Association Elazig Branch. She said in her letter that “I’m drowning and imprisoned though I have committed no great crime. It is more than I can stand. I feel so much pain. I do not deserve to be here.” Continue reading