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Turkey: International pressure mounts on Turkey as world leaders demand release of jailed activists

Just days after six human rights defenders were remanded in pre-trial custody in Turkey, the European Commission has joined governments and world leaders, including Angela Merkel, to demand their immediate and unconditional release. Speaking today a European Commission spokesperson called for the “immediate release of these people”. This call follows similar demands by the governments of Germany, the US, Holland, France, Belgium, Ireland and Austria.

Date:
20 July 2017
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The world is finally starting to break its silence on Turkey

In Turkey, truth and justice have become strangers. Six human rights defenders were imprisoned this week on the absurd charge of supporting a terrorist organization. They await trial, which could prolong their incarceration for several months. Four others were released but remain under investigation. Their movements have been restricted and they have to report to the police three times a week. Among those imprisoned is Idil Eser, Amnesty International’s director in Turkey.

Date:
19 July 2017
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Jailing of activists, including Amnesty director, a crushing blow for rights in Turkey

The remanding of six human rights defenders in pre-trial custody is an appalling affront to justice and a new low in Turkey’s post-coup crackdown, said Amnesty International. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, who was among those remanded in custody, was detained alongside nine others on 5 July whilst attending a routine workshop. Four of them have now been released on bail but are still facing investigation.

Date:
18 July 2017
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World leaders must speak out against detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

We are dismayed and appalled by the arrest and detention of 10 human rights defenders by the Turkish authorities, now facing investigation for membership of an “armed terrorist organisation” on account of their peaceful human rights work. As an attack on six of the most prominent human rights NGOs in the country, the arrests are a hammer blow to Turkey's besieged civil society and an ominous indicator of the direction Turkey is heading in.

Date:
14 July 2017
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Greece: Lives on Hold Update on Situation of Refugees and Migrants on the Greek Islands

Almost sixteen months since the EU-Turkey deal came into effect on the Greek islands on 20 March 2016, thousands of asylum-seekers continue to wait in limbo in sub-standard living conditions as a result of the deal, which aspires to return everyone arriving on the islands back to Turkey regardless of their international protection needs. Although returns of asylum-seekers on the basis that Turkey is safe have not yet taken place, the expectation that they would be returned under the deal continues to condemn many to extended asylum procedures stuck on overcrowded islands.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 25/6745/2017
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Turkey: Detention of rights activists, including Amnesty Director, extended

Turkish authorities must immediately and unconditionally release 10 human rights defenders, Amnesty International said today after their week-long police detention was extended by up to a further seven days. Amnesty International Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser, is among the 10 detained on 5 July whilst attending a routine workshop. They are being investigated on the unfounded suspicion of membership of an 'armed terrorist organization'.

Date:
11 July 2017
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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.

Date:
10 July 2017
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Turkey: Activists worldwide demand release of Amnesty International Director and Chair

Activists in more than 30 countries will join protests outside Turkish embassies today demanding the release of Amnesty International Turkey’s Chair and Director as well as other prominent human rights defenders behind bars amid a spiralling crackdown. The demonstrations mark one month since the organization’s Chair, Taner Kiliç, was remanded in prison on baseless charges, and five days since the Director, Idil Eser, was detained alongside seven other prominent human rights activists.

Date:
10 July 2017
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Turkey must free jailed human rights defenders

In July 1998, Amnesty International wrote to the Turkish government demanding the release of the then Mayor of Istanbul, who had been jailed after reading a poem at a demonstration. Amnesty International had declared him a prisoner of conscience and launched a global campaign on his behalf. His name was Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Nineteen years later, and now President, it is the same Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who presides over the detention of some of Turkey’s most prominent human rights defenders and activists, including Amnesty International Turkey’s two leaders.

Date:
8 July 2017
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Absurd ‘terrorism’ investigation launched into Amnesty International’s Turkey Director and nine others

Responding to news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, seven other human rights activists and two IT trainers, are being investigated for membership of an 'armed terrorist organization', Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “The absurdity of these accusations against Idil Eser and the nine others cannot disguise the very grave nature of this attack on some of the most prominent civil society organizations in Turkey.

Date:
6 July 2017
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Director of Amnesty International Turkey must be released from incommunicado detention

Responding to the news that Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained on Wednesday along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey’s leading human rights defenders, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey should have been detained so blatantly without cause.

Date:
6 July 2017
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Turkey: Blocking of Istanbul Pride March the latest blow to right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

For a third year running, authorities in Istanbul banned, on spurious grounds, the Istanbul Pride March, historically the biggest event held by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) people and supporters in Turkey. Yesterday police used excessive and unnecessary force against people attempting to march peacefully despite the ban. The event, which had been successfully held annually for over a decade and which attracted tens of thousands of participants, was once held up by the authorities as an example of their respect for rights.

Date:
26 June 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6602/2017