"Women’s and Children’s Rights under Attack in Turkey"
“Set Them Free” aims to shed light on what is believed to be only a fraction of a widespread and systematic violations of the human rights of women and children following the attempted coup of July 15, 2016 in Turkey. The purge in Turkey includes the intensification of the already established pattern of grave and systematic abuses against women, which constitute a clear violation of the principle of equal protection of the law and other relevant principles set forth in the United Nations Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Measures adopted under the state of emergency must respect the obligations of the Republic of Turkey under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In particular, sexual violence, and torture are absolutely prohibited in all circumstances and can never be justified, even during situations of state of emergency. There are serious allegations of and ill-treatment of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. Cases range from arrest of pregnant women, women in labor taken into custody, denial of medical services and detention/arrest of women during the postpartum period.