“Aysel Tuğluk’s right to life is violated”

The 15th hearing in the Kobanê trial is being held at the Sincan prison complex. 108 people, including former co-chairs and members of the HDP central board, are charged in the trial with protesting against Turkish support for the IS attack on Kobanê. 21 of the accused are already behind bars.

Before the hearing at the 22nd Ankara High Criminal Court, the 1000 Women for Aysel Tuğluk platform and politicians made a press statement in front of the campus of Sincan Prison for Aysel Tuğluk. The Kurdish politician is seriously ill, but the court has decided that she can plead in court.

Prof. Dr. Yasemin Özgün from the Platform 1000 Women for Aysel Tuğluk, Socialist Re-Establishment Party (SYKP) Co-Chair Canan Yüce, Labor Movement Party (EHP) Provincial Spokesperson Ankara Senem Deniz, Labor Party (EMEP) Deputy Chair Şükran Doğan , Şebnem Oğuz, Advisory Board Member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), co-provincial spokeswoman of the Peoples’ Democratic Congress (DTK), members of the Party of Democratic Regions (DBP) and lawyers of the Lawyers’ Association for Freedom (ÖHD). press release.


Prof. Dr. Explaining that Tuğluk’s progressive dementia made it impossible for her to remain in prison, Özgün said: “Unfortunately, Aysel Tuğluk can no longer meet her needs and maintain her personal care without assistance. We all know that Tuğluk cannot remain in prison based on medical examinations conducted by Kocaeli University’s Department of Forensic Medicine months ago. However, Tuğluk remains in prison based on the reports from the Forensic Medicine Institute.”

Özgün reminded that national and international legislation clearly allows the release of sick prisoners to effectively continue their treatment outdoors. “The right to life of Aysel Tuğluk and sick prisoners is being violated. However, a healthy life is one of the most basic rights afforded to everyone without exception. Because of this fundamental right, Tuğluk must be released immediately to receive treatment. She has not been released for 505 days. Her illness is irrevocably getting worse. Her right of defence, which can be used effectively after treatment, has been de facto deprived. However, the court forces Tuğluk to testify, and if she is unable to do so, she is advised to come to court and say that she cannot testify, or have her lawyer defend her instead,” Özgün noted.

“The public should speak out”

Özgün noted that during last week’s hearing, the court ruled that Tuğluk was “ready” to defend himself via a video conferencing system on August 1. “The court is violating their right to a defense. If she is not given an opportunity to seek treatment, forcing Tuğluk to defend herself in court would be a violation of her right of defense. This attitude, which prevents their treatment, has become a form of torture. Tuğluk’s torture must end immediately. We urge Turkey’s democratic public opinion to take up this call in the strongest possible terms and raise a voice for Tuğluk.

After the press statement, the women went into the courtroom where the hearing will take place.

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