15 organisations call for the release of women detained on 22 May
Solidarity with the women politicians and activists imprisoned in Amed (Diyarbakır) last week is growing.
15 organizations, including IHD, THIV, TMMOB, ÖHD, DİSK and KESK, condemned the Amed-based operations targeting Rosa Women’s Association on 22 May.
In a written statement the 15 organisations said that this was not a criminal investigation, but an investigation to silence and suppress civil society.
The joint statement said: “Within the scope of the investigation launched by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, 18 people, mostly women rights defenders and politicians, were detained. The president and other members of the Rosa Women's Association, with whom we work on issues such as violence against women and other rights violations, were detained on the eve of the Ramadan holiday and subsequently remanded in custody. As part of the same operations HDP party council members and city council members were also sent to prison.”
The statement continued: “The rallies held by the Rosa Women's Association, as well as its press releases, social media posts, and the activities carried out about women who have been violated have been used to fabricate the charges. The "evidence" used to launch the investigation and justify the arrests is actually the very activity carried out by the organised civil society. This not a criminal investigation but an investigation aimed at silencing and suppressing civil society.”
The statement recalled that the president and executives of the Rosa Women's Association have been arrested and the three and a half year old child of one of the arrested women had to go to prison with her.
The 15 organisations condemned “these investigations, which criminalize civil society activities and politics. We demand that those arrested be released immediately.”
The signatories are as follows:
Human Rights Association (İHD) Diyarbakır Branch
Diyarbakır Bar Association
Diyarbakır Chamber of Medicine
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (TIHV) Diyarbakır Representative
Rights Initiative Diyarbakır Representative Office
Rosa Women's Association
Lawyers Association for Freedom (ÖHD) Diyarbakır Branch
Women's Status of Solidarity
Turkey Union of Chambers of Engineers and Architects (Chamber) Amed ICC
Amed KESK (Confederation of Public Workers Unions) Branches Platform
Revolutionary Workers Union Confederation (DİSK) Diyarbakır Regional Representation
Mesopotamian Psychologists Initiative (DER-MEZ)
Social Workers Association (SHUDER) Diyarbakır Branch
Diyarbakır Chamber of Dentists
Colorful Hopes Association