Duygu Çevik, a Turkish housewife, has been given nine years in prison over alleged membership in the Gülen movement, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to a tweet posted by Sıdkı Zilan, a lawyer and a human rights activist, both Çevik and her husband have been under arrest for months on terror and coup charges.
“Duygu Çevik and her husband under arrest. 2-year-old Hafsa Hüma is away from her parents. This is just one example. There are thousands of similar examples. This woman is only accused of participating in conversation clubs [organized by the Gülen movement]. She was given 9 years in prison. Another woman got 15 years,” Zilan tweeted.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Following the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, initiating a widespread purge aimed at cleansing members of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 511,000 people were arrested since the summer of 2016.
Duygu Çevik ve eşi Tutuklu. 2 yaşındaki Hafsa Hüma, anne ve babasından ayrı.
Bu sadece 1 örnek; binlerce örnek var; bu kadın hakkında sadece sohbet iddiası var; terör örgütü üyeliğinden 9 yıl ceza verdiler; aynı dosyada başka bir kadına 15 yıl ceza verdiler.@adalet_bakanlik pic.twitter.com/aOH8vkMmGV
— Sıdkı Zilan (@sidkizilan) June 1, 2019