Rozerin Kalkan's release postponed for 11 months for letters exposing violations in prison

Prisoner Rozerin Kalkan's letters confiscated by the prison administration were used as a reason for postponing her release for 11 months.

The release of Rozerin Kalkan from Izmir Şakran Women's Closed Prison was postponed for 11 months and prevented by the Administration and Observation Board.

Following the decision, Kalkan, who has been held in prison on allegations of "being a member of a terrorist organization" and "making propaganda for a terrorist organization" since 11 August 2016 and was expected to be released on 16 April 2024, saw her release postponed by 11 months. Family lawyers objected to the postponement of Kalkan's release and asked for the decision to be annulled. Following the request of the lawyers, the justification of the decision was given. The Prison Monitoring Board claimed that the prisoner's conditional release date "does not constitute an acquired right" and added: "The prisoner should not see this opportunity given to her as a grant or an already acquired right and should make an effort to meet the conditions of conditional release."

The decision confirmed that Kalkan had no disciplinary punishment. However, it added that since the first day Kalkan entered the prison, "she continued to stay in the ward where the convicts who were members of an illegal organization were housed."

The real reason for the postponement, however, appears to be the letters that Kalkan wanted to send to civil society organizations and human rights defenders regarding the rights violations in the prison, but were confiscated by the prison administration, which claimed that "the security of the institution was threatened" by the content of the letters.