Thematic Areas

Thematic Areas

Aggravated Life Sentence in Prison Theme

Aggravated Life Sentence in Prison Theme, has goals such as monitoring and evaluating, human rights advocacy, raise awareness in public and mobilizing relevant non-governmental organizations in particular to prisoners who are serving an aggravated life sentence.

Aggravated life sentence has become the most severe punishment in the Republic of Turkey by replacing capital punishment in 2002. This sentence, whose execution conditions include severe human rights violations in regards to the international agreements Turkey be a part of, finds a very limited space in the public opinion.

According to the statistics declared by the Ministry of Justice General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses in 2014, there were “total 1453 convicts, 126 of these were convicted of crimes related to terror and organized crime and 1327 of these were ordinary crimes”. The number of aggravated life convicts are unknown after these five years.

Aggravated Lie Sentence in Prison Network is a platform that is founded in 2015 by Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) with a goal to assemble people and institutions who work in this field, mutually sharing experience and form a common ground for acting together.

Health in Prison Theme

Health in Prison theme enables the research of rights violations experienced by sick prisoners, brings these into view and informs the public regarding those violations. Its goal is minimizing the issues and problems they experience by being in touch with sick prisoners and informing them through this communication about their rights with regards to medicine and responding to their demands, needs and complaints.

In this field of, which monitors, reports and advocates without discrimination in the human rights context, current data in respect of the prisoners is being announced and news about the topic and the demands of prisoners are being relayed to the associations.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform that includes other non-governmental organizations and named Health in Prison Network with a goal to enable every prisoner’s access right to health equally.

Student in Prison Theme

Student in Prison theme has the goal of making arrested or convicted individuals, who wants to continue their education which got interrupted in any level of the education system, heard and pave the way for an opportunity they may claim their right to education.

Prisoners who arrested while they are students who want to continue their education and the ones who continue their education in prison and get into a university through the exams they take have serious problems. Tuition fees, stationery costs and in addition to these travel fees for the exams that they have to take in their schools are demanded from these people who have no means. One of the goals of the work that is conducted is about making prisoners be able to enjoy their right to education and while doing that it also aims for raising consciousness among the prisoners about standing up regarding their rights and paving the way for rights advocacy for them.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform that includes other non govermental organizations and named Student in Prison Network with a goal to enable every prisoner’s access the right to education equally.

Foreigner in Prison Theme

Foreigner in Prison Theme has the goal of informing the public and reporting about the rights and obligations of immigrants, temporary protected and stateless prisoners with any kind of documentation or undocumented prisoners all the while announcing and finding a solution to the problems centered upon these particular prisoner group. This working field encompasses everyone who is in Turkish prisons and not a Turkish citizen.

The rise in the number of foreign prisoners in Turkey, due to the high volume of immigration in recent years, created new needs. According to the data of November of 2018, there are 7897 foreign prisoners and 3102 of these are Syrians. Foreign prisoners have problems in regards to access to justice and healthcare due to the lack of translators and they get obstructed when they want to write or read letters in their native language all the while they also have difficulties in accessing visual or audio publications in their native language. For most of the prisoners, it’s impossible for their families to go to a prison situated in a city they do not know in Turkey and go to the prison for a visit at most for an hour.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST), prepared books for the foreign prisoners in five different languages that are most spoken in prisoners to enable them to access their rights. The effort to transmit these books, which are in Persian, Kurdish, Arabic, Dari and English for now, to prisoners and their relatives continue.
CİSST constituted a platform named Foreigners in Prison Network with a goal to announce and solve the right violations experienced by foreign prisoners.

Disabled in Prison Theme

Disabled in Prison Theme has the goal of minimizing the obstacles and hardships of disabled individuals, whose participation in the social life is made difficult even outside of disciplinary institutions, while fulfilling the needs relating to their disability
Within this framework, Disabled in Prison Theme monitors, reports and advocates for prison environments’ accessibility for disabled prisoners and prevent the right violations faced by disabled prisoners with an awareness of disabled prisoners’ accessibility to social rights are one of the most important human right issues.

Disabled in Prison theme continues its work with a goal to raise awareness and right advocacy by means like lobbying, interviewing, publishing news resources that include disability in prisons and methods as correspondence with prisoners, disabled-friendly institution, collaboration with establishments and associations, asking parliamentary questions and demanding legal change.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform that includes different non govermental organizations and named Disabled in Prison Network to announce and resolve the right violations of disabled prisoners.

CİSST constituted a platform named Foreigners in Prison Network with a goal to announce and solve the right violations experienced by foreign prisoners.

Child in Prison Theme

Child in Prison Theme carries work in regards to children who are imprisoned due to their own judicial cases and aged between 12-18 or children who are imprisoned due to their mothers’ cases and aged between 0-6. It advocates that legislation and enforcement of it should have its grounds on the rights of a child which is guaranteed by international conventions.

Its goal is shutting down children prisons since it does not have a restorative aspect in the judiciary and evaluation of alternative measures with regards to psycho-social states and the needs of children. Until reaching this goal it offers suggestions to the regulations that are enacted without considering the rights and needs of a child due to s/he being a child and make human rights applications in the case of a violation.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform including different non-governmental organizations and named Child in Prison Network with a goal to announce and resolve right violations of child prisoners. This network participates in interdisciplinary discussions with the other platforms that it’s in solidarity with and does rights-based advocacy based on children in the penal system.

CİSST is also a member of the Joint Network for Preventing Violence against Children and Initiative to Shut Down Children Prisons.

Woman in Prison Theme

According to the numbers declared by the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses at 31.10.2018, there are 10.208 female prisoners in Turkey. Male prisoners always outnumbering the females’ results in negligence in regard to the needs of women concerning their sex. Thus discrimination women face in society intensifies with their imprisonment and this affects their post-release situation exponentially.

Woman in Prison Theme attends to female prisoners’ issues with correspondence, human rights applications, news browsing, asking parliamentary questions and lobbying for legislative change and has a goal to make the penal system achieve a gender-sensitive approach on the issue.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform that includes different non-governmental organizations and named Woman in Prison network with a goal to announce and resolve the rights violations female prisoners experience. An example of these missions is “Free Sanitary Napkins in Prison”. A petition campaign ran with women’s organizations enabled actual access to sanitary napkins in many prisons.

LGBTI+ in Prison Theme

LGBTI+ in Prison theme has the goal of minimizing the problems faced by individuals who get discriminated and their rights violated due to sexual orientation and gender identity, resolving their demands in an alternative manner by putting their needs and demands on the forefront, informing and diverting about different issues such as gender reassignment process and use of hormones, being in solidarity with LGBTI+ prisoners and earning achievements through campaigns.

This field of work keeps track of LGBTI+ prisoners’ situation through correspondence, hotline and lawyers, monitors and rapports based on rights and do advocacy.

Civil Society in Penal System Association(CİSST) constituted a platform that includes different non-governmental organizations and name LGBTI+ in Prison Network with a goal to bring the problems of LGBTI+ into the view, announce the violations they experience and catch the attention of the public institutions in regards to these. LGBTI+ in Prison Network publishes news related to the issue, up to date data and the demands relayed to associations by prisoners. Every year network members(scholars, students, activists) come together to prepare a course of action by discussing the current situation of LGBTI+ prisoners.