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Turkey: Release of seven Cumhuriyet journalists small victory as their colleagues continue to languish in jail

In response to the court’s ruling earlier this evening to conditionally release seven of the 12 imprisoned Cumhuriyet staff and the continuation of the pre-trial detention of five others, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe and Central Asia, said: “While the news of the release of seven Cumhuriyet journalists and others, is a positive step forward, we are dismayed at the continued imprisonment of Ahmet Şık, Kadri Gürsel, Akın Atalay, Murat Sabuncu and Ahmet Kemal Aydoğdu.

Date:
28 July 2017
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

EU: Mogherini urged to raise jailed activists with Turkish Ministers

Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, urged the European Commission’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, to urgently raise the issue of jailed human rights defenders at her meeting with the Turkish Foreign Affairs and EU Ministers later today. Amnesty International’s Turkey Director and Chair, Idil Eser and Taner Kılıç are currently in detention facing terrorism related charges.

Date:
25 July 2017
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  • Turkey
  • Detention

Turkey: Re-arrest of four human rights defenders a cruel and retrograde step

Responding to news that the Turkish authorities have issued detention orders against four human rights defenders released on bail on Tuesday, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director for Europe said: “With this cruel and retrograde step, Turkey has underlined its growing reputation as an indiscriminate jailer of civil society activists and a stranger to the rule of law. ”   One of the four, Nalan Erkem was detained from her house in Istanbul last night.

Date:
22 July 2017
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

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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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

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
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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
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  • Press Freedom

Turkey: Detention of Cumhuriyet editor another dark day for country's media

Responding to the ongoing detention of Oğuz Güven, the web editor of the prominent Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet after he was taken into police custody this morning, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s Turkey Researcher, said: “Since their crackdown on the media escalated dramatically following the coup attempt last July, the Turkish authorities have been relentless in their hounding of Cumhuriyet, which is now one of the country’s last remaining opposition newspapers.

Date:
12 May 2017