Brief Note No. 2: Revisions to Turkish legislation on sexual abuse of children

This briefing concerns Turkish legislation on sexual abuse of children which was amended in November 2016 after controversial government proposals which attempted to significantly dilute protections for children. The current legislation, even after the amendments, is limited to increasing punishment for the crime, and is likely to result in unwelcome court decisions not acting in the best interest of children. Accountability Unit assesses the shortcomings to the legislation and proposes that Turkey urgently adopts a national plan of action and further legal protections to actively prevent different manifestations of sexual abuse of children.

Keywords: sexual abuse, child abuse, Turkey, criminal law, rape, child marriages, trafficking, rights of the child, impunity, legislation

Accountability Unit - Brief Note No. 2 - January 2017