Turkey: Judicial harassment of human rights defenders – ‘repeal one law, use another’.

Index Number: EUR 44/036/2004

This document reports that human rights defenders in Turkey continue to be targeted for harassment and intimidation by state officials. Trials and investigations are frequently opened against human rights defenders. While such trials usually end in acquittal or a sentence which is suspended or commuted to a fine, Amnesty International considers them to be a form of state harassment designed to intimidate human rights defenders and restrict their activities. It recommends actions to be taken, including in respect of an ongoing trial.

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