Emine Sivri Aşkın and Cengiz Aşkın, two Turkish citizens and the parent of two children aged 5 and 10, have been held in pre-trial detention for over three months over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.
According to a tweet posted by Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, one of Turkey’s most renowned human rights activists and pro Kurdish HDP deputy, mother Emine Aşkın is being held in the Gebze prison and and father Cengiz Aşkın stays in İstanbul’s Silivri prison. Both of them are accused of having “membership in an armed terrorist organization” and “attempting to destroy the unity of the state and nation.”
“Mother Emine Sİvri Aşkın is in Gebze prison, father Cengiz Aşkın is in Silivri Prison. They are both in pre-trial detention. Zehra 5, İdil 10 years old. They are being taken care of by their grandparents in Bursa. Their grandmother had an accident two days ago and trying to babysit in this contiditon,” Gergerlioğlu tweeted.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
There are more than 17,000 women and over 500 kids in Turkish prisons.
In several cases, women were detained in the hospital immediately after the delivery of her baby and before they had a chance to recover. Many women were jailed as they were visiting their imprisoned husbands, leaving the children stranded in the ensuing chaos.
Kimin vicdanı kabul eder şu hali..!?
Anne Emine Sivri Aşkın Gebze Cezaevi, Baba Cengiz Aşkın Silivri'de ikisi de tutuklu. Zehra 5, İdil 10 yasinda. Çocuklara Bursa'da dede ve anneanne bakıyor çocuklara, anneanne iki gün önce kaza geçirmiş bu halde çocuklara bakmaya çalışıyor pic.twitter.com/sJrL2YUMuI
— Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu (@gergerliogluof) August 13, 2019