Tuesday, July 11, 2017

TURKEY: Amnesty International Leaders Detained - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, July 5, 2017.

Tell Turkey: free Amnesty’s Idil Eser and other rights defenders.

Police have detained the second Amnesty International Turkey leader within the space of a month.

On the morning of the 5th July, police arrested eight human rights activists, including Idil Eser, and two trainers who were attending a workshop in Istanbul.  For over 24 hours, they weren’t allowed to contact their families or see a lawyer; no one even knew where they were.

Idil and the others were doing nothing wrong.  They are now being investigated on suspicion of "membership of an armed terrorist organisation": a ridiculous and baseless accusation.

This kind of attack on Human Rights Defenders is becoming more frequent. The Turkish government is abusing its power, deliberately making the country a dangerous place for people who speak out for human rights.