Cissst correspondent Şekerci: “There are 2076 children in prison. The smaller the issue, the easier it is to ignore.”

The Civil Society Association in the Penal Execution System (CISST) Thematic Area Representative of Children in Prison Kansu Shakersi says there are 2,076 children in prison, of whom 670 have been convicted and 1406 arrested. 314,000 is a very small number. The smaller the subject, the easier it is to ignore, “he said. Noting that they have difficulty accessing information about children in prisons, Shakersi noted that children experience a violation of their rights due to isolation, do not benefit from an open view, and remain in adult prisons.

The CISST representative for children in the thematic area of ​​the prison, Kansu Sexy, discussed with ANKA the problems of children in prison. News He informed his agency. The sugar maker says:

“We have also received information that there are 2076 children in prisons out of a total of 670 children have been convicted, 1406 have been investigated.”

“The civil society association in the penal system continues its rights-based claims and advocacy activities in Turkish prisons. We have also presented this in the report. We are also continuing our research on all children in Turkish juvenile prisons or prisons.”

There is a report that we published on or after April 23rd. That report is also a report prepared for submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Prepared as a complement to the periodic review of Turkey. Speaking of juvenile prisons, I would like to talk about statistics at the beginning. For a long time, the General Directorate of Prison Study House did not publish regular statistics until early 2021. Currently, we have regular access to statistics every two months, especially on age and gender. As of March 31, 2022, their latest statistics match this date.

We also received information that 670 convicted children and 1406 incarcerated children, a total of 2076 children are in prison. A bracket needs to be opened, as inmates continue to be allowed in open prisons due to Covid-19, and convicted children who are in open learning rooms have now been released. They execute their sentences from the outside. In this case, we can say that only detained children are in prison, which corresponds to 1406 children. Divided into 1359 boys and 47 girls.

“No information is provided regarding the number of children aged 0-6 years”

Children aged 0-6 are not included in the regularly shared data. As a private organization, we are requesting information in this regard or the deputies will bring it to the agenda in Parliament. However, we do not have access to regular statistical information. In the most recent request for information by CISST, when we wanted to learn the number of children aged 0-6, the Ministry of Justice, based on an article in the law on access to information, based on an exception to the law, ‘it relates to internal effectiveness’. This is a frequent response from civil society to requests for information. Again, we will follow the way to get the necessary information and statistical information by transferring to the ombudsman institution.

“The subject is small, easy to ignore”

We are talking about 2076 children out of 314,000-odd prisoners. This may sound like a small number next to 314,000, but keeping even a child in this prison is a serious problem. We are experiencing a negative reflection of the small population of children. The smaller the issue, the easier it is to ignore. For example, when we say that 47 girls are in prison today, we do not know what kind of prison or institution these girls are in. This is a situation that will lead to a violation of the rights of invisible children. Speaking of permission, the Ministry of Justice has announced that it has been extended for another two months on March 31, 2022, and what will be the response of the country and prisons while the country is in the process of normalization? We do not have any predictions at this time as to whether the permissions will be extended again.

“Depending on whether the mother is doing well in the epidemic, a system was adopted for children in the 0-6 age group who may or may not benefit from an open approach.”

What has the epidemic brought about, especially for children in prisons? Of course, prisons are a place we as a society take for granted, I think. It would not be wrong to say that, and the places that are neglected, the places that are left out of the city as much as possible are more in isolation. Also because of their imprisonment rights. These conditions become more severe when the epidemic is added. For example, what was the situation at the very beginning of the epidemic? Inspection was prohibited, to reduce the risk of infection. Referrals were discontinued, all activity was canceled, and this meant that any child incarcerated in an adult prison would spend their entire day in the ward alone. This has become more difficult, especially for children during the developmental period. During the epidemic, access to court was restricted to all, all prisoners. Detainees in different provinces were already associated with SEGBIS, but they began to be associated with SEGBIS in the same province. What is this? This leads to limitations on the right to defense. Of course, there are different decisions, by the way, if a person lives in the same city, according to the law, to bring this person to court. This time we are faced with situations like ‘Sister, I don’t want to go to court, because when I come back I will be in quarantine and I don’t want to be in quarantine situation’. This leads to limitations on children’s right to immunity so that they do not go to quarantine and this problem continues to this day. What happened to the 0-6 age group next to their mother? At the request of their mothers and the decision of the Special Administrative Board, a method was adopted depending on whether the 0-6 age group would benefit from the openness of the mother and whether the mother was in good condition. .

“In an adult prison, two children fight in a single child’s ward, and when one child is sent to a cell, the insulation increases.”

Children are actually kept in juvenile detention as a rule. They may be in juvenile and juvenile prisons and children’s education buildings, but depending on the child’s ability or condition, they may be in the adult prison ward. As a rule, girls live in the youth ward, especially in women’s prisons. There is a problem here. Although children were able to access certain things more easily in juvenile prisons, they were more neglected and more difficult to access in adult prisons. It was always like this. As separation increases, for example, when two children fight in a juvenile prison, one child may be moved to another ward as a precaution, while two children fighting in a single prison ward of an adult prison become something that increases isolation, such as sending one of the children to a cell. Or left alone. This is something that, unfortunately, still stands as a reality of adult prison for children.

“Even children know that every letter is read by the administration. We cannot say that there are such events at this time, on the contrary, it is a situation which indicates how dark the system is.”

Abuse occurs where children are abused. For example, emotional abuse is a symptom of abuse, even when a child is unable to see his mother when she wants to or is treated as ‘you are already a crime instrument’ at work, and thus, even prison conditions are conditions that expose the child to abuse. However, various applications have come directly from the case. Off etc. But we, as a private organization, know that every letter we write is read by the administration, in accordance with the law. Children also know that every letter written by children is read by the administration. The problem is how freely children can express themselves. In adult prisons, we do not face this situation. Because, in fact, if the letter is objectionable, it consumes an administrative process and a process goes on objecting to that decision. But we have various concerns that those letters have been lost without examining whether the letters of 12-18 year olds are considered objectionable without the support of the lawyer. This is actually a concern that gets stronger with the children’s question ‘Sister, I wrote you a letter but you didn’t come’. In such a case, of course, the transfer of external internal events or News Hard to give. At the moment, we cannot say that there are lawsuits, but their absence does not dispel this reality. On the contrary, it unfortunately becomes a situation that indicates how dark the system is. In addition to this, of course, deaths occurred during the epidemic. This year, in 2022, we are in our 4th month, and we know that 2 more babies have died. It is claimed that a child committed suicide in a juvenile prison in February 2021, but the file contains information that does not indicate a variety of suicides, but the child was harmed. These are things that cannot be followed in detail because the controls are off, but we try to follow as much as possible with the applications we create. “

We are working. “

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