Tell the Turkish authorities to drop the charges and immediately release Taner Kiliç.

 

TURKEY: RELEASE TANER KILIÇ

Drop the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey and release him immediately. 

 

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.”
Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General 

Taner 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 charges.

The accusations against Taner Kiliç are entirely unfounded. He is lawyer and longstanding campaigner for human rights in Turkey.

Tell the Turkish authorities to drop the charges and immediately release Taner Kiliç.

A WIDESPREAD AND
ARBITRARY CRACKDOWN
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. 

Learn more: 

Visit our Human Rights in Turkey page to learn more about the human rights crisis.


 
 

To:  Mr. Bekir Bozdağ, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey 

Dear Minister,

I urge you to ensure that the charges against Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kiliç, are dropped and he is immediately released.

Taner Kiliç was detained on 6 June along with 22 other lawyers. He is wrongly accused of membership of the “Fethullah Gülen Terror Organization”. 

Taner Kiliç is not a criminal or a terrorist; he is a longstanding defender of human rights in Turkey and must be released. 

Yours sincerely,


  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Close