Demand Amnesty Turkey Director Idil Eser is Freed – Act Now

Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey, together with 10 others, was detained on 5 July in a grotesque abuse of power. Some are now being questioned on the baseless suspicion of ‘membership of an armed terrorist organisation’.

Demand Idil Eser and all those detained with her are freed immediately


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Idil EserIdil Eser, along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers were attending a routine digital security and information management workshop in a hotel in Büyükada, Istanbul when the authorities burst in and detained them without giving a reason. The owner of the hotel was also detained.

For over 24 hours we didn’t know where they were. They weren’t allowed to contact their families or see a lawyer. We now know that some of them are being questioned on suspicion of ‘membership of an armed terrorist organisation’. There are many unanswered questions, but these accusations are completely baseless.

The names of all the human rights defenders detained are:

  • İlknur Üstün – Women’s Coalition
  • Günal Kurşun – Lawyer, Human Rights Agenda Association
  • Nalan Erkem – Lawyer, Citizens Assembly
  • Nejat Taştan – Equal Rights Watch Association
  • Özlem Dalkıran – Citizens’ Assembly
  • Şeyhmuz Özbekli – Lawyer
  • Veli Acu – Human Rights Agenda Association

Background

Human rights in Turkey

On 15 July 2016 there was an attempted coup against the Turkish government that failed. More than 300 people died and over 2,000 were injured in the violence. Since then the government has launched an astonishingly widespread crackdown. The numbers reported by CNN as of April 2017 are:

  • Detentions: 113,260
  • Arrests: 47,115
  • Journalists dismissed: 2,708
  • Media outlets shut down: 179

These have probably risen even higher in the last few months.

Among other draconian measures are a ban on TV dating shows, which the Deputy Prime Minister has called “strange programmes that would scrap the institution of family, take away its nobility and sanctity”.

There has also been an attempt at online censorship, including a block on Wikipedia, and attempted blocks on Facebook and Twitter amongst others.

Action

Amnesty International have an Email action to demand the release of Idil Eser

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