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Turkey/USA/AI: Amnesty International Calls On US’s Tillerson To Push For Release Of Its Turkey Chair

June 21, 2017

Amnesty International’s (AI) board of directors has written a letter to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asking him to call for the immediate release of the organization’s Turkey chair, Taner Kılıç, who has been under detention since June 6, according to an online press release from the AI on Wednesday.

The letter notes the US State Department’s strong press statement on Kılıç’s case and calls on Tillerson to issue his own statement “calling for his immediate unconditional release and the dismissal of all charges against him. ”

In a statement on June 7, the US State Department issued a statement regarding Kılıç’s detention in which it expressed its concerns and said Kılıç’s detention is the latest in a series of detentions of respected human rights defenders, journalists, academics and activists in Turkey.

“These detentions, often with little evidence or transparency, are an alarming trend. We are closely following these cases, and underscore the importance of respect for due process and individual rights, as enshrined in the Turkish Constitution and consistent with Turkey’s own international commitments. As we have expressed to the Turkish government on numerous occasions, persistent curbs on free speech and other freedoms erode the foundations of democratic society,” said the US State Department’s statement.

http://stockholmcf.org/amnesty-international-calls-on-uss-tillerson-to-push-for-release-of-its-turkey-chair/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/06/22/report-turkey-resumes-illegal-abductions-enforced-disappearances/

http://www.eldiario.es/internacional/Unidos-Podemos-Turquia-Amnistia-Internacional_0_656184713.html (ESPANOL)

Turkey/Amnesty International: Amnesty launches campaign for release of AI Turkey chairman

June 16, 2017

Amnesty launches campaign for release of AI Turkey chairman

The London-based human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) has launched a campaign for urgent action against the recent imprisonment of Taner Kılıç, a lawyer and the chairman of AI Turkey’s board.

AI kicked off the campaign on Twitter on June 14 to support Kılıç, calling for his release, with the hashtag #FreeTanerKılıç.

Since then, members of the organization have been sending messages of solidarity by taking photos with #FreeTanerKılıc signs and posting them on social media.

Kılıç is a founding member of AI Turkey and has been chairman of its board of directors since 2014. He has also played a strong role in advocating for refugee rights as a lawyer and with domestic nongovernmental groups and others working on these issues.

He is accused of using the ByLock smartphone application.

ByLock is considered by Turkish authorities to be the top communication tool among followers of the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The group denies any involvement.

https://turkeypurge.com/amnesty-international-launces-campaign-for-release-of-turkey-country-head

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/06/17/amnesty-launches-campaign-for-release-of-ai-turkey-chairman/

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/oppositions-justice-march-upsets-turkish-government.aspx?pageID=449&nID=114424&NewsCatID=409

http://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/en-turquie-dans-les-annees-90-on-tuait-les-journalistes-aujourd-hui-on-veut-tuer-le-journalisme-reportage-5942bb09cd700a1d990a9c0f (FRANCAIS)

Amnesty International: THE SITUATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS Item 3: Amnesty International’s written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017)

February 13, 2017

 

Title The Situation of Human Rights Defenders – Item 3: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017)
Publisher Amnesty International
Publication Date 13 February 2017
Topics Human rights activists | Human rights and fundamental freedoms
Reference IOR 40/5647/2017
Cite as Amnesty International, The Situation of Human Rights Defenders – Item 3: Amnesty International’s Written Statement to the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February- 24 March 2017), 13 February 2017, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/58a195034.html %5Baccessed 13 February 2017]

http://www.refworld.org/docid/58a195034.html