İlknur Üstün: I don’t legitimize what’s happening by accepting it!

ANKARA- Ankara MP Aylin Nazlıaka, visited İlknur Üstün who is a detained human rights defender in Sincan Prison. İlknur sent a message through Aylin: “Accepting something as normal means legitimizing what’s happening. I will never accept what’s happening as normal.”

İlknur Üstün was arrested during a meeting on Büyük Island in Istanbul. Then she was released, but she was detained on July 22. Independent MP Aylin Nazlıaka visited İlknur in Sincan Prison.

İlknur Üstün, who stays in a seven-person barracks in Sincan, sent a message through Aylin:

‘I spent my life with the women’s struggle’

“Accepting something as normal means legitimizing what’s happening. I will never accept what’s happening as normal. I am fine mentally and spiritually. I will do my best to be fine. I spent my life with the women’s struggle, defending women’s rights,and equality and freedom. With many women’s organizations of this country and women from everywhere (from Parliament, municipalities, and neighborhoods) …. Defending human rights and women’s rights is vital. This is the greatest guarantee of the idea of human rights. This is also the basis of existence of justice for everyone. As someone who is part of a struggle that gets legitimacy from being right, and gets strength from its solidarity, I experience the best example of this here, now, personally. All this solidarity gives me a great strength. I want this injustice to be stopped and I want to embrace my loved ones as soon as possible.”

‘Ilknur listened to all women’s problems in this country’

Aylin also made an anouncement. She said that this detention is political. “I found her to be high in morale. She reads many books and she says ‘Reading makes me free.’ People supporting Beşiktaş [a football team] who were arrested for openning a banner saying ‘long live Nuriye and Semih’ at the football match, were put in the same barracks. Now they are seven in the barracks. Ilknur has been arrested since July 22. I don’t know the purpose of people who wanted to criminalize her but I have known her from the struggle for women’s rights for years. There is almost no village that she didn’t go to and there is no town that she didn’t see. Ilknur listened to all women’s problems in this country. Some want her to seem as if she is guilty but they won’t succeed.”