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Turkey: Kaya & daughters back in prison for hijab
By: Islamic Human Rights Commission
Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) are deeply concerned at recent events in Turkey regarding journalist and activist Huda Kaya and her three daughters. Huda Kaya and her daughters, Nuralhuq, Nurcihan and Intisaar Saaticoglu had previously faced a possible death penalty for attending a demonstration against the hijab ban in Malatya, in October 1998.
The reporting of IHRC trial observers, as well as an international campaign by IHRC in 1999 led to the four and their 70 co-defendants being given reduced suspended sentences, after which the Turkish authorities tried to appeal to various appellate courts.
Since then Huda Kaya and her daughters have been rearrested and released several times by the Turkish authorities. They have currently been detained as a result of the enforcement of these sentences.
Recently, Huda Kaya has been convicted by the State Security Court in Malatya of allegedly being a supporter of Selam-Tevhid, an organization asserted by the Turkish government of being a terrorist organization. In fact Selam used to be a newspaper and Tevhid a magazine published by the same people; Huda Kaya was a journalist for Selam and Nureddin Sirin, whom IHRC have been campaigning for the release of since 1997, the editor for both.
It has emerged that Huda Kaya has been given four and a half years and is currently being detained in Agri prison, which is situated in the Eastern part of Turkey. In addition she has been given ten years for three separate cases including attending the aforementioned demonstration against the hijab ban. This demonstration took place in October 1998 and was attended by over one hundred thousand people.
Her daughters have also been given varying sentences. Nuralhuq Saaticoglu and the youngest daughter 22 year old Intisaar Saaticoglu have both been given sentences of 10 years, on the same counts as Huda Kaya, of attending the illegal demonstration.
Nurcihan Saaticoglu has been given a sentence of one and a half years for also attending the demonstration against the hijab ban.
IHRC is deeply concerned at this turn of events, particularly at a time of political change in Turkey. We urge the incoming Turkish administration to take immediate and effective action to ensure that these travesties of justice are immediately remedied.
For more information on Selam-Tevhid cases visit:
For more background information on the persecution of Muslims in Turkey please visit:
Freedom is My Daughter's Name
For more information on Huda Kaya and her daughters' case please visit:
Report of IHRC Observer into the Trial of Huda Kaya and the Malatya 75, 01 July 1999. British barrister Osama Daneshyar's report into the trial of Huda Kaya and the Malatya 75, 51 of whom faced the death penalty for participating in a peaceful demonstration in support of women suspended from university for wearing hijab.
Turkey Unveiled: The Treatment and Welfare of Political Prisoners 01 June 1999. An overview by IHRC of the treatment of prisoners held for their beliefs in Turkey in the late 1990s.
Routing Out the Opposition
01 October 2000. Nafeez Ahmend's analysis of the persecution of opposition, in particular Islamist and Muslim in Turkey.
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