Tag Archives: Turkey

Turkish Justice Ministry to classify violence against women as a ‘petty crime’

IKWRO opposes a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry under which violence against women and girls will be considered a ‘petty crime’ and jail-time can be avoided by paying a fine.

We, the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), along with women’s organisations in Turkey, are deeply concerned by a draft proposal from the Turkish Justice Ministry which, if passed, will allow perpetrators of crimes punishable by five years imprisonment, to engage in negotiations with prosecutors to reduce their sentence to one year, postpone their sentence, do community service or pay money to avoid jail time.

Ozgecan Aslan: In solidarity

Ozgecan Aslan, a 20 year old undergraduate psychology student in Mersin, south Turkey, went missing on 11th February 2015. She got on a minibus to go home from university. She was attacked and raped by the bus driver and two other men, stabbed, burnt and then her body was thrown in the bushes.