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Old 07-10-2010, 02:17 PM
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Arrow Outcry Over Kurdish Children Languishing in Turkish Prisons





The detention of Kurdish children in Turkish prisons stirred indignation amongst human rights groups and raised concerns about the future of the country with an entire generation brought up in jail.

Hundreds of Kurdish children, some as young as 11 years old, have been prosecuted by Turkish authorities as part of the country’s clampdown on rebels in the restive southeast. The children are put in jail under Turkey’s anti-terrorist laws which, human rights groups contend, are in violation of the U.N. conventions of children.

The children, according to activists, are tried in anti-terrorist courts and are sent to adult jails. Their files are treated as confidential and lawyers have very little access to the details of their cases as well as to the defendants themselves.

The detention of children, lawyers and activists argue, is bound to place an enormous burden on the state in the future as a whole generation will be brought up in prison, said Ismail Durgun, head of the Hakkari Bar Association, which has defended several of the arrested children....

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