September 19, 2018
Detained academic and lawyer Hanifi Barış was released following his first hearing on 18 September 2018. The human rights defender faces charges of creating “terrorist propaganda” for posts he published on social media. The criminal proceedings remain ongoing and a travel ban was issued against him, which his lawyer will appeal. His next hearing is scheduled for 13 December 2018.
Hanifi Barış is a member of Academics for Peace, a group which has condemned state violence in Southeastern Turkey and signed the 2016 peace petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”.
On 4 July, Hanifi Barış was arrested by the 10th Criminal Peace Judge. During his interrogation at the Prosecutor’s Office, he was accused of creating “terrorist propaganda” and questioned about his social media posts, which consisted of shared news articles and commentaries from international and local media sources. The human rights defender had not commented on the contents of the links. On 23 July 2018, Istanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi Barış on the same charges and confirmed his detention. He was held in pre-trial detention for over two months.