Feb 27 2018

Turkey’s chemical castration plans slammed by HRW

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday warned against the possible introduction by Turkey of chemical castration for sex offenders, saying it was “wrongheaded and abusive”.

The criticism followed a statement by Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül on Feb. 21, in which he said the government was considering the measure following a public outcry against a wave of child abuse.

However, Turkey would be violating international human rights law by introducing the punishment and has a duty to protect children from violence and sexual assault, which it is failing to do, HRW said in the report.

“If the Turkish government is serious about tackling sexual violence and abuse of children it should focus on addressing the underlying causes of the abuse and making sure all perpetrators of violence are held to account but not tortured,” Constanze Letsch, a consultant for HRW, said in the report.

The Convention against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights, all ratified by Turkey, prohibit cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment in absolute terms, Letsch said.