April 14, 2017
UN chief Antonio Guterres and human rights high commissioner Zeid al-Hussein should urgently protest Turkey’s “absurd” indictment of prominent journalist and human rights defender Orhan Kemal Cengiz, which may constitute an illegal act of reprisal for his visit last year to the UN Human Rights Council to testify about human rights violations by the Turkish government, said UN Watch, a Geneva based non-governmental human rights group. See letter below.
“By indicting a peaceful journalist, lawyer and human rights defender—without a shred of evidence—the Turkish government is in breach of its United Nations and international human rights obligations,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. “We urge Secretary-General Gutteres and High Commissioner Zeid to speak out today.”
Mr. Cengiz visited the UN Human Rights Council in February 2016, and testified about human rights abuses in Turkey, hosted by the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, a coalition of 25 human rights groups including UN Watch.
UN Watch Letter to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutteres
and High Commissioner Zeid al- Hussein
Dear Mr. Guterres and Mr. al-Hussein,
United Nations Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization in special consultative status with the United Nations, urges you to intervene with Turkey concerning its latest arbitrary acts targeting Mr. Orhan Kemal Cengiz, a human rights lawyer and journalist. His case is a compelling example of how the Turkish judiciary is being used by the Erdogan regime to intimidate human rights defenders, journalists and intellectuals.
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