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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
  • News
  • 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
  • Research
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Open letter on detention of human rights defenders in Turkey

In this open letter Amnesty International and other non-governmental organizations express their dismay and concerns about the arrest and detention of ten human rights defenders by the Turkish government, 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 in which Turkey is heading.

Date:
14 July 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/6896/2017
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  • 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
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Detention

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
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Chair of Amnesty International Turkey swept up in post-coup purge

Responding to the news that Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was today detained by police along with 22 other lawyers in Izmir on suspicion of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become.

Date:
6 June 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Drop charges against activist and protect him: Barbaros Şansal

The prosecution of fashion designer and LGBTI activist Barbaros Şansal for exercising his right to freedom of expression continues. The next hearing will take place on 1 June. In the meantime, a travel ban prevents him from carrying out his professional activities and the authorities are failing to provide him with protection from attacks.

Date:
5 April 2017
Ref:
EUR 44/5969/2017
  • News
  • Turkey
  • Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Awakening from the winter sleep – a year on from Tahir Elçi’s murder

On that afternoon my phone started ringing and wouldn’t stop. Calls came one after the other. There had been an incident at the press conference where Tahir was speaking. A shooting. What had happened? Was anyone hurt? Was Tahir alright? At the time I didn’t realise it, but each person I spoke to was not telling me all they knew. Nobody wanted to be the one to break the news. I ran to my car and sped through the streets, blasting my horn and swearing at the weekend drivers.

Date:
28 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey: Further information: Turkey permanently closes hundreds of NGOs

375 registered associations and NGOs were permanently closed and their assets seized following an executive decree No. 677 issued on 22 November. NGOs whose activities had been suspended on 11 November are among those who appear on the list of closed organizations. Even under the state of emergency, this closure cannot be justified.

Date:
23 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5208/2016
  • Campaigns
  • Turkey
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Turkey suspends activities of hundreds of NGOs

The Ministry of Interior announced on 11 November the blanket and arbitrary suspension of the activities of 370 NGOs for three months. NGOs working on children’s rights, women’s rights, poverty, and lawyers associations have been among those targeted. These arbitrary suspensions violate the rights to freedom of expression and association, and cannot be justified, even under the state of emergency.

Date:
16 November 2016
Ref:
EUR 44/5141/2016
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  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey's many shades of fear

Fear comes in many forms. A month ago, on the night of the bloody coup attempt here in Turkey, I together with millions in Istanbul and Ankara experienced gut-tightening fear as explosions shook our living rooms and gunfire crackled outside our windows. Downstairs my neighbours huddled in their bathroom, afraid for their safety and for the lives of loved ones. Outside, tanks rolled by whilst jets and helicopters filled the skies and civilians were gunned down by would-be putschists.

Date:
15 August 2016
  • News
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Turkey crackdown by the numbers: Statistics on brutal backlash after failed coup

[UPDATED on 28 July 2016] Human rights in Turkey are in peril following a bloody failed coup attempt on 15 July. The Turkish authorities’ reaction was swift and brutal, unleashing a crackdown of exceptional proportions that has continued after a state of emergency declared five days later. Amnesty International has been on the ground in Istanbul and Ankara to document human rights violations amid these events.

Date:
26 July 2016