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Investigation against prisoners in Sincan chanting ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’
ANF | Ankara | 10 January 2023
An investigation was launched against the women detained in Ankara Sincan Women’s Closed Prison on the grounds that they chanted the slogan “Jin, Jiyan, Azadi” on the International Day for the Elimination
of Violence Against Women, 25 November.
An investigation was launched against Rojdan Eraz, who was not released by the Administration and Observation Board even though her sentence had ended, and politician Ayşe Yağcı, who was on trial in the Kobanê Case, on the grounds of “singing anthems or shouting slogans”.
The investigation report said that the “women chanted various Kurdish slogans such as Jin, Jiyan, Azadi…”.
The investigation said that “… it has been evaluated that there are actions that will disrupt the internal order, such as shouting, chanting slogans, all actions that also make the internal functioning of the personnel difficult”.
Pursuant to paragraph 2 of Article 48 of the Law on the Execution of Penalties and Security Measures, detainees were sentenced to a visit ban of a month.
According to JINNEWS, politician Ayşe Yağcı, in her defense to the prison directorate regarding the investigation launched against her, pointed out that the slogan ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ has become the slogan of freedom all over the world, and said: “Firstly, I perceive the opening of the investigation as a serious problem. The slogan ‘Jin, Jiyan, Azadi’ is a slogan chanted by women in many countries of the world, especially Kurdish women, and even now in Iran, against the mullah regime. This slogan is a slogan against all kinds of violence against women by the male-dominated system. This is not just a slogan for Kurdish women.”
Prisoners protested the decision
Rojdan Erez and Ayşe Yağcı appealed to the Ankara West Court of Execution against the disciplinary punishment given by the Prison Directorate Disciplinary Board.