Asım Sencer Uslu entered prison when he was only 40-day-old. Yesterday, he turned 3 in a Konya prison, according to a Twitter account that monitors the human rights abuses in Turkish prisons.
3-year-old Asım and his mother have been staying in a prison in Konya’s Eregli district for almost thee years the mother’s alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.
The claim has neither been confirmed nor denied by the Turkish authorities.
The number of babies and pregnant women in Turkish prisons surged after a foiled coup attempt in 2016, after which the Turkish government launched a crackdown on dissidents. In the aftermath of the attempt, more than 17,000 women from all walks of life including teachers, doctors and housewives have been jailed in Turkey on coup charges in government-led operations due to their alleged links to the Gülen group.
There are currently more than 800 children accompanying their mothers in Turkish jails. Many women have been jailed with their young children immediately after delivery or while pregnant on terrorism charges.
Türkiye'nin UTANÇ TABLOSU!
Asım Sencer Uslu Konya Ereğli Cezaevi'ne annesiyle birlikte girdiğinde 40 günlük bebekti
Asım şuan 3 YAŞINDA ve CEZAEVİNDE!
— Tutuklu Hastalar (@TutukluHastalar) December 19, 2019