September 7, 2017
Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty was not permitted to visit the Amnesty’s Turkey director İdil Eser, who was jailed on “terrorism” charges two months ago. During his visit to Turkey, Shetty applied for authorization to visit to Eser in İstanbul’s infamous Silivri Prison but he was not received at the prosecutor’s office at the prison.
As she does not have any first-degree relatives, Eser is reportedly not allowed any visits other than a one-hour meeting once a week with her lawyers. She is also not allowed to stay with two other arrested rights defenders, Özlem Dalkıran and Nalan Erkem.
According to government decree no. 667 issued under a state of emergency (OHAL) that was put into effect soon after a botched coup attempt in Turkey last July, people who are arrested on terrorism charges can only meet with their immediate family and lawyers once a week.
Eser’s lawyer, Erdal Doğan, said: “İdil Eser’s father and mother are not alive, she has no siblings, she is not married and has no children. According to the OHAL law, nobody can go to visit her. Thus, because of the OHAL law she has no visitors. This is a most serious violation of human rights and the law.”
A letter from a Turkish prison from our friend Ozlem: “We never lost faith in ourselves, in what we do and in our struggle for human rights; but the fact that you have stood by us has helped us to be even more resolute in prison.” https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/profile/ozlem-dalkiran
(Front Line Defenders Facebook)