62 year-old ‘Peace Mother’ sentenced to 8 years in Turkey

Sultan Azboy, member of Peace Mothers Movement

Sultan Azboy, a member of the ‘Peace Mothers’, has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison for allegedly being a member of an illegal organisation.

Sultan Azboy reacted to the decision and said, “I stand for peace and they call me a terrorist. I didn’t take up arms against anyone. I didn’t shoot anyone. I am a peace mother. I am 62 years old and they have sentenced me just for participating in protests for peace. I will continue my struggle for peace even if they kill me or jail me. I will continue the struggle for peace.”

The Peace Mothers is a women’s civil rights movement in Turkey founded in 1999, which aims to promote peace between Turkey’s different ethnic groups through non-violent means.