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Woman with 45-day-old baby detained as part of post-coup witch-hunt in Turkey

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and human rights defender Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on Tuesday reported another human rights violation in Turkey, saying that a mother with a 45-day-old baby is in police custody.

Gergerlioğlu was referring to Sümeyra Gökhan, a new mother who is in detention in Izmir as part of Turkey’s relentless witch-hunt in the aftermath of a July 2016 coup attempt.

“I would hope the mother of a 45-day-old infant would be tried without being detained and that the judiciary would not add another unlawful act to its record,” Gergerlioğlu tweeted in an attempt to direct attention to similar cases in the country.

The deputy urged judges and prosecutors to obey the law and avoid the politicization of judicial decisions.

In Turkey, although the law requires that women with small children stand trial while free on bail, more than 700 women with young children are currently in jail on “coup” charges.

The majority of these women are in pre-trial detention due to their real or perceived links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which the government accuses of orchestrating the failed coup in 2016. The movement denies any involvement, although the government continues to target tens of thousands of its followers on charges of alleged terrorist links.

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