RESPECTED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER WRONGLY ACCUSSED OF TERRORIST ASSOCIATION
“Taner Kiliç has a long and
distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish
authorities are now intent on trampling.”
Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General
Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was taken into police custody
on June 6 along with 22 other lawyers and charged three days later. He is currently
in detention pending trial. These arrests are just the latest in an escalating human rights crisis.
Taner Kiliç is wrongly accused of membership
of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”, which the authorities blame for
an attempted coup in July 2016. His arrest demonstrates just how widespread and
arbitrary Turkey’s post-coup crackdown has become. Thousands, including
political activists, lawyers, journalists and others critical of government
policy in Turkey are facing criminal prosecutions on trumped up terrorism
The accusations against Taner Kiliç are
entirely unfounded. He is lawyer and longstanding campaigner for human rights
Tell the Turkish authorities to drop the
charges and immediately release Taner Kiliç.
A WIDESPREAD AND
ON MEDIA AND CIVIL SOCIETY
In the past year, at least 47,000 people have been detained and tens of thousands of public sector employees have been dismissed. Critical voices in the media and civil society have come under attack: at least 120 journalists and media workers have been detained since the attempted coup, and hundreds of media outlets and NGOs have been shut down.
Amnesty International continues to call on the Turkish authorities to cease their assault on freedom of expression and dissident voices, and allow media and civil society workers to carry out their legitimate work in peace and without fear of reprisal.
Visit our Human Rights in Turkey page to learn more about the human rights crisis.