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Demand justice for the rights defenders in Turkey

Defenders unjustly jailed and charged in crackdown on human rights defenders.

 

RESPECTED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS WRONGLY ACCUSED AND DETAINED

After more than 3 months in detention, and a global outcry for the release of the Istanbul 10, they were released on bail, but their trial continues. And Taner Kılıç remains in prison.

İdil Eser is the Director of Amnesty Turkey, the others are colleagues and friends from Turkey and abroad. Their names are Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun, Veli Acu, Ali Gharavi, Peter Steudtner, Nalan Erkem, İlknur Üstün, Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli. They are all committed human rights defenders. None of them has done anything wrong.

 Taner was wrongly accused - and now charged - of “membership of the Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization”, while İdil and the others were  imprisoned and accused of the unfounded suspicion of “committing a crime in the name of a terrorist organization”. These charges are ridiculous and baseless .

WE WON'T STOP 
UNTIL THEY ARE
ALL FREE 

Now they face up to 15 years in prison accused of “membership of a terrorist organisation”. Turkey wants to punish these people, just like they have with hundreds of journalists, fueling the propaganda that human rights defenders are somehow dangerous and must be stopped.. Defending human rights is not a crime.

The Istanbul 10 and Taner are our friends and colleagues. They have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting other people’s human rights in Turkey and elsewhere. Criminalising the defence of human rights leaves everyone vulnerable to the government’s ongoing and sweeping crackdown.

Join our call to drop the charges against the human rights defenders and let Turkey know the world is watching.

Learn more: 

Amnesty Turkey Chair kept in jail - Oct 26

Turkey releases human rights defenders on bail - Oct 25

Celebrities join call on Turkey to release human rights defenders, still in jail after 100 days - Oct 12

Turkey: Charges filed against jailed Amnesty staff and rights defenders must be rejected - Oct 9

Re-arrest of four human rights defenders a cruel and retrograde step - July 24

Canada alarmed at deteriorating human rights situation in Turkey  - July 21

Press Release: Jailing of activists, including Amnesty director, a crushing blow for rights in Turkey - July 18

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


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To: Mr. Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey

Dear Minister, I feel compelled to write and call on you to drop the charges against eleven human rights defenders in Turkey, including Amnesty International’s İdil Eser and Taner Kılıç.

While eight of them, who had been imprisoned for almost four months, have been released, Taner remains in prison.  They all still face shocking and baseless charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation.”

These 11 people have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting human rights in Turkey and elsewhere, a vital role in any free and fair society. Yet because of the absurd and patently unfounded allegations, they now face up to 15 years in prison.

Observers like me all around the world can see that this accusation is ridiculous and simply not true. This is why I am joining hundreds of thousands of people in standing with human rights defenders in Turkey.

Defending human rights is not a crime.

Please do the right thing, release Taner Kılıç and drop the charges now. 

Yours sincerely,
 
 

To:  Mr. Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey 

Dear Minister,

I feel compelled to write and call on you to drop the charges against eleven human rights defenders in Turkey, including Amnesty International’s İdil Eser and Taner Kılıç. 

While eight of them, who had been imprisoned for almost four months, have been released, Taner remains in prison.  They all still face shocking and baseless charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation.” 

These 11 people have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting human rights in Turkey and elsewhere, a vital role in any free and fair society. Yet because of the absurd and patently unfounded allegations, they now face up to 15 years in prison. 

Observers like me all around the world can see that this accusation is ridiculous and simply not true.  This is why I am joining hundreds of thousands of people in standing with human rights defenders in Turkey. 

Defending human rights is not a crime. Please do the right thing and drop the charges now. 



Yours sincerely,


  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
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