Turkey: US Secretary of State must call for the release of Amnesty Director and Chair

As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits Turkey to meet with senior Turkish officials in Ankara today, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia, Gauri van Gulik said:

“With both the Chair and Director of Amnesty International Turkey behind bars we urge Rex Tillerson to use his face-to-face meetings to call on Turkish authorities to immediately and unconditionally release them and the other human rights activists caught up in this cynical trawl.

The US Department of State described the arrest of Taner Kiliç, the chair of Amnesty International Turkey as part of an ‘alarming trend’
Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International

“The US Department of State already described the arrest of Taner Kiliç, the chair of Amnesty International Turkey as part of an ‘alarming trend’. Now with arrest of Idil Eser, the Director of our Turkey office, and nine others detained with her, the situation has deteriorated further. It’s time to act and use all possible opportunities to demand that Idil, Taner and all human rights defenders are freed immediately and unconditionally.”

With arrest of Idil Eser, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey and nine others, the situation has deteriorated further
Gauri van Gulik, Amnesty International

Secretary of State Tillerson’s visit coincides with a worldwide day of action to mark one month since the Amnesty International’s Chair, Taner Kiliç, was remanded in prison on baseless charges, and five days since its Director, Idil Eser, was detained alongside other nine human rights activists.

Background

Click here for information on the worldwide day of action see 

Click here for US State Department Statement 

Click here to take action to demand the release of the detainees.