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Canan Arın. Hürriyet photo

Canan Arın. Hürriyet photo

Canan Arın, a lawyer and women's rights advocate, was detained at a hotel she was staying at in the southeastern province of Gaziantep yesterday on charges of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a 2011 speech. 
Arın, who is also the founder of the Mor Çatı (Purple Roof) Women’s Shelter Foundation, was detained by police officers at her hotel room at around 5:30 a.m. on claims that she insulted Prophet Muhammad in a speech she made in 2011, Burcu Karakaş of daily Milliyet reported. 
Arın was released after being questioned by a prosecutor regarding the speech she made on Dec. 4, 2011, during a forum titled "Domain Over the Female Body and Sex Crimes." 
A group of lawyers under the "Superiority of Law" platform filed a complaint against Arın, saying she insulted the Prophet over his marriages. 
Arın was detained on grounds that she failed to testify regarding the complaint filed against her, which resulted in a detention order being issued against her. Arın rejected the claims, saying she received no official summons to testify.
'Against human rights'
The head of the Diyarbakır Bar Association, Mehmet Emin Aktar, said dawn raids to detain people were an arbitrary practice and violated human rights. 

"The detention order was given in order take her [Arın's] testimony. This practice is not a right course of action regarding people with known addresses. It is an arbitrary practice of the police,” he said.
Lawyer Aydeniz Alisbah Tuskan from the Istanbul Bar said she thought Arın’s detention was in violation of law and was a "scare tactic."


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SwordOf TheProphet

6/26/2012 6:16:43 PM

Thessalonian, other countries anti-christians are even given a platform to make such a speech. If she was serious, she would have mentioned Judaism and Christianity in her criticism as well.

Michael Johnson

6/26/2012 7:18:53 AM

Regardless of what she said, there is no justification for arrest when speaking one's opinion about religion in a democracy.

dario Kurd

6/25/2012 6:12:20 PM

she was only arrested because she is Kurdish!!! Turkey look for any excuse to arrest kurds...I am 100% sure she has not said anything against profit muhamed but Erdogan!

Chas Spencer

6/25/2012 5:40:23 AM

As sad as it is, those individuals who attempt to insult the Messangers of Peace. Musa ali Selam, Isa Ali Selsm snd the last and finalMohammed Ali Selam are individuals shrouded in darknes, who search but can not see and find the Glory of Cretor of us all and our Universe. No insults curses or damnations can touch the good the Messangers Represent.. Individuals who trywere born into darkeness and there they stay to this day. Society should not punish them but show kindness as a Beacon in of Hope

Red Tail

6/24/2012 10:21:49 PM

It would have been interesting to know exactly what she said. First then can the reader understand what it takes to be arrested for insulting religion.

sid solo

6/24/2012 9:49:09 PM

Such action is surely not acceptable in a true democracy. Arrests and prosecutions of individuals for any religious trespasses by the state have to stop. This is not the action of a secular state!

Tekion Particle

6/24/2012 9:25:18 PM

How sad that those officials preach democracy in Arab world shamelessly order the arrest of their citizens for exercising their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression. The belief system that cannot withstand a little scrutiny and criticism will never be able evolve to incorporate those who are smart enough to analyze things and ask questions thus destined to serve those who lack the aforementioned abilities who blindly follow what they are told. Future is stagnant 4 Turks.

sam stevens

6/24/2012 5:15:04 PM

When will the authorities realise these sort of stories are terrifying visitors. People in the west won't come for holidays if they have to watch everything they say. Add to that the violence of Turkish police,the PKK & so many accidents, I for one will never come to Turkey.


6/24/2012 3:33:25 PM

Some things will never change in Turkey. Or at least it so appears to be. The medieval and backward Ottoman mentality appears strong and resilient to change. AKP's Islamist social policies constitute the main factors responsible for this rather unfortunate persistence. The numerous EU citations and ECHR rulings against Turkey with respect to human rights and freedoms are intentionally and persistently not heeded. Regards
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