"17,000 women and 668 babies and children, under the age of six, are in Turkish prisons on remand. Some were born in captivity and have never lived in freedom.
The situation flagrantly violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In its article 37.b, the Convention indicates the following:
"No child shall be deprived of his or her liberty unlawfully or arbitrarily. The arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time."
It is obvious that pre-trial detention of the mother is not the "last resort," This violation of human rights is part of the repressive wave of the Erdogan regime after the failed coup of 2016. Human rights organisations have protested that 100,000 officials have been detained since then, and 47,000 have been imprisoned - in many cases without the minimum guarantees of legal defence. And, in some cases, the state is actually separating children from their parents if the parents are suspected of having participated in the coup d'état.
But, it is the situation of the babies which is generating a wave of global response."
Please sign the petition to Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF, which ends with these words:
"We, the undersigned, implore you to employ your diplomatic skills so that these children and their mothers can enjoy freedom while awaiting a fair trial, with guarantees against government abusing its power."