Sedanur Emecen, a 38-year-old Turkish woman with Familial Mediterranean fever disease (FMF), has reportedly been held in pre-trial detention prison since February 2021 over her alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.

According to a Twitter account named @TutsakBebekler, she is being held in the Trabzon prison with her 6-year-old daughter. The Twitter account also claimed that the woman’s husband has been in prison for over two years over similar accusations.

FMF is an inherited disease, characterized by recurrent attacks of fever, inflammation of the abdominal lining (peritonitis), inflammation of the lining surrounding the lungs , painful, swollen joints, and a characteristic ankle rash.

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.

Since then, over 17,000 women were sent to Turkish prisons over Gulen charges.

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.