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Ayşe Berktay


Letter from Istanbul Bakirkoy Women's Prison

[Ayşe Berktay. Image from WTI archive]

[An October 2011 report on the so-called “KCK operations,” carried out in Turkey by Prime Minister Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party for the past two years, noted that the Erdoğan government has been using the judiciary, the police, and the media to penalize all civic activism in support of rights demanded by Kurdish citizens in Turkey. Since 2009, as many as 7748 people have been taken under custody on the alleged grounds that they are associated with ...

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Ayşe Berktay


Ayşe Berktay is a translator, researcher, and global peace and justice activist. On 3 October 2011, she was taken by the police from her home in Istanbul at five o’clock in the morning and subsequently arrested. She still remains imprisoned for the foreseeable future, and is currently being held at Istanbul Bakirköy Women’s Prison.