On May 29 2017, we pub­lished a call to sol­i­dar­i­ty reveal­ing the sit­u­a­tion of Devrim Ayık, a young pris­on­er suf­fer­ing from a chron­ic and severe case of “Crohn’s disease.”

Français | English

Devrim was then incar­cer­at­ed in Izmir prison. His incar­cer­a­tion was main­tained despite the med­ical reports. In June he was sub­ject­ed to a forced depor­ta­tion to the prison in Antalya, 460 km away from his fam­i­ly. In the dif­fi­cult con­di­tions of the pen­i­ten­tiary, his health rapid­ly dete­ri­o­rat­ed. A peti­tion had gath­ered numer­ous sig­na­tures, his case was defend­ed by human rights asso­ci­a­tions and, thanks to the sol­i­dar­i­ty and the con­sid­er­able efforts of his fam­i­ly, close ones and asso­ci­a­tions he was trans­ferred to an assig­na­tion to res­i­dence. But not with­out difficulty!

At the hear­ing on May 5 2018, the tri­bunal had ruled that Devrim Ayık could leave the prison and be assigned to res­i­dence. But, before he had even left the prison in Antalya, at the door of the estab­lish­ment, he was placed in cus­tody for anoth­er inquest into his “par­tic­i­pa­tion in an unau­tho­rized demon­stra­tion” and “pro­pa­gan­da for an ille­gal orga­ni­za­tion.” He had not shown up for his statement…and with good rea­son, since he was detained… Fol­low­ing his inter­ro­ga­tion and a hear­ing by the judge, Devrim was final­ly assigned to residence.

But on Octo­ber 7 2019, Devrim Ayık was arrest­ed once again as he was leav­ing the gas­tro-enterol­o­gy ser­vice of the hos­pi­tal in Antalya’s Akd­eniz Uni­ver­si­ty, where he had gone for exams. Fol­low­ing 4 more days of cus­tody, he was sent back to Antalya prison, the same one he had left 4 months ear­li­er for his assig­na­tion to residence.

Devrim AyıkCrohn’s dis­ease from which Devrim suf­fers since 2012 is a rel­a­tive­ly rare inflam­ma­tion of the diges­tive sys­tem for which there exists no known defin­i­tive treat­ment. How­ev­er, the patien­t’s life can be rel­a­tive­ly improved with the right fol­low-up and treat­ment. Devrim has already been oper­at­ed on twice and has already had close to one meter of intestines removed. As for appro­pri­ate med­ical fol­low-up and treat­ment, this is impos­si­ble under prison con­di­tions. Most of all, Devrim does not have access to the spe­cif­ic foods pre­scribed by the med­ical dieti­cian. The great­est risk in Crohn’s dis­ease is an evo­lu­tion toward col­orec­tal cancer.

His moth­er has sent us a let­ter in which she explains Devrim’s state of ill health and calls for help through inter­na­tion­al solidarity.

My son being in jail, he is not being treat­ed. The fact he can­not feed him­self as pre­scribed by the dieti­cian means he can­not be treat­ed as need­ed and under the unhealthy and insuf­fi­cient con­di­tions in jail, Devrim’s con­di­tion wors­ens day after day. As sole treat­ment to delay the trans­for­ma­tion of the ill­ness into can­cer, he receives two injec­tions of Humi­ra per week.

On Jan­u­ary 17 2020, we learned that Devrim suf­fered a malaise. He was trans­ferred to emer­gen­cies at the insis­tence of his co-detainees. But fol­low­ing a sin­gle inter­ven­tion, he was returned to his quar­ters in prison.

For a long time already, my son has been unable to leave his bed. He needs help from his friends to attend to all his hygien­ic needs. On his last vis­it with his lawyers on Jan­u­ary 19 Jan­u­ary, he was brought in a wheel­chair by the guards.

His present con­di­tion is of grave con­cern. For the past two weeks, he has suf­fered from nose­bleeds and has coughed up blood. Since he does not receive the prop­er food and is not treat­ed, he expe­ri­ences bleed­ing, irri­ta­tions and oede­ma fol­low­ing bow­el move­ments. He suf­fers from throat inflam­ma­tions and a heavy cough. He has start­ed expe­ri­enc­ing heart prob­lems. His ane­mia is so pro­nounced that his hands and face are col­or­less. Nor­mal­ly, he should receive blood trans­fu­sions, but the prison direc­torate has for­bid­den them. He is start­ing to expe­ri­ence intense intesti­nal pains. More­over he is expe­ri­enc­ing a hear­ing loss. As for his eye­sight, he has total­ly lost vision in his right eye, and with a myopia of ‑30 , he needs cor­rec­tive glass­es in order to see to a dis­tance of 1 meter. The med­ical com­mis­sion has declared Devrim 76% handicapped.

Despite all this, Devrim has received no respons­es to the requests he has sent to the prop­er author­i­ties, be it the Min­istry of Jus­tice or the office of the prison pros­e­cu­tor or oth­er institutions.

My son Devrim Ayık’s sit­u­a­tion has reached a crit­i­cal stage imper­il­ing his sur­vival. I appeal to every insti­tu­tion, civil­ian orga­ni­za­tion, the Turk­ish Union of Med­ical Doc­tors, to be sen­si­tive to his case.

There must not be yet anoth­er dead body removed from prison. Pre­vent­ing this is a human duty. I call upon all of human­i­ty that we may say togeth­er “free­dom for the sick pris­on­ers, free­dom for Devrim Ayık.”

We invite you to share this appeal on your net­works. The first appeal had led to an arrange­ment because the case of Devrim Ayık, a sym­bol of many oth­ers in Turk­ish pris­ons, had been wide­ly cov­ered out­side prison walls.

Do not hes­i­tate in sign­ing, shar­ing, dis­trib­ut­ing this peti­tion, in Turk­ish no doubt, but which repro­duces the words of the appeal made by Devrim’s mother.

March 18, 2020

Devrim Ayık is released, under house and judi­cial supervision. 
A Case law deci­sion for sick pris­on­ers in Turkey. 

Image à la une : Pho­to ©Emre M. (Harem Üskü­dar — Istanbul)

Translation by Renée Lucie Bourges
Vous pouvez utiliser, partager les articles et les traductions de Kedistan en précisant la source et en ajoutant un lien afin de respecter le travail des auteur(e)s et traductrices/teurs. Merci.
Kedistan’ın tüm yayınlarını, yazar ve çevirmenlerin emeğine saygı göstererek, kaynak ve link vererek paylaşabilirisiniz. Teşekkürler.
Ji kerema xwere dema hun nivîsên Kedistanê parve dikin, ji bo rêzgirtina maf û keda nivîskar û wergêr, lînk û navê malperê wek çavkanî diyar bikin. Spas.
You may use and share Kedistan’s articles and translations, specifying the source and adding a link in order to respect the writer(s) and translator(s) work. Thank you.
Por respeto hacia la labor de las autoras y traductoras, puedes utilizar y compartir los artículos y las traducciones de Kedistan citando la fuente y añadiendo el enlace. Gracias.
KEDISTAN on EmailKEDISTAN on FacebookKEDISTAN on TwitterKEDISTAN on Youtube
Le petit mag­a­zine qui ne se laisse pas caress­er dans le sens du poil.