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Imprisoned Women and Children in Turkey: Human Rights Violations Under the State of Emergency

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Part of the book series: Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations ((PPCE,volume 15))

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This chapter examines the violations of rights committed against women and children during the State of Emergency (OHAL) which was declared immediately after the coup attempt on July 15, 2016. Although it officially lasted for two years, its impacts continue. Narrative analysis was employed in this study. The narratives of 44 victimized women and children were included, and data were gathered through messages sent to social media accounts, letters received, social media communications, as well as face-to-face interviews. The themes of ostracism, civil death, torture, and persecution arose from the data. The findings of this research indicate that the coup attempt of July 15 was used as a pretext to eliminate a group of people. Furthermore, the data showed that the women and children in question had nothing to do with the coup attempt, but were victimized for their alleged ties with the Gülen Movement (GM). These women were exposed to all types of human rights abuses including arrests (even and commonly during pregnancy or postpartum period), detention, harassment, intimidations, job dismissals, threats, ostracism, the inability to find accommodations, the inability to find work, economic difficulties, illnesses, psychological problems, forced displacement, forced separation from loved ones, abortion, suicide and death, and torture. Moreover, women generally experienced those victimizations with their children.

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Gergerlioğlu, Ö.F. (2021). Imprisoned Women and Children in Turkey: Human Rights Violations Under the State of Emergency. In: Aydin, H., Langley, W. (eds) Human Rights in Turkey. Philosophy and Politics - Critical Explorations, vol 15. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-57476-5_18

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