Free rights defenders in Turkey
They dedicate their lives to defending the rights of others. Now they need us.
It should have been an ordinary day for İdil Eser, director of Amnesty Turkey. She was attending a meeting with colleagues in Istanbul, when the police raided the building and arrested them.
Now stuck in jail, they urgently need our help to free them - and there’s no time to waste.
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 and İlknur Üstün. Nejat Taştan and Şeyhmus Özbekli were released on bail, but still face investigation. This happened just weeks after Amnesty Turkey's Chair, Taner Kılıç, was jailed.
None of them have done anything wrong: Turkey has jailed these people, just like they have jailed hundreds of journalists, fuelling the propaganda that human rights defenders are somehow dangerous and must be stopped.
This is ridiculous and simply not true. These people were peacefully protecting other people’s human rights in Turkey. Every day that they are detained, the people they spoke up for are left more vulnerable to the government’s brutal crackdown.
We won’t stop until they’re all free. Join our call to release the human rights defenders - we will make sure your voice is heard when it’s needed most, and let Turkey know the world is watching.