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Turkey/AI: Birthday behind bars in Turkey’s highest security prison

October 13, 2017

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Imagine if you threw a party and no one showed up.

For İdil Eser, Director of Amnesty International in Turkey, there is no danger of that tomorrow, 14 October, as thousands of people are expected to gather to celebrate her birthday.

Only one person will be missing: İdil herself.


Instead of taking part in one of the more than 200 birthday parties that are taking place in 27 countries, İdil will be spending her birthday in the highest security section of Turkey’s highest security prison.

She was arrested, alongside nine other human rights defenders, on terrorism charges just over 100 days ago. On October 4, in an alarming development, a Turkish prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for the group – known as the ‘Istanbul 10’ – and for Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair, Taner Kiliç, was arrested a month earlier on similar ridiculous charges.

For more than two months after her arrest, Idil (who immediate family) was not allowed personal visitors. Despite the avalanche of birthday cards and messages sent to Amnesty International by well-wishers, she is still not allowed to receive mail.





https://www.evrensel.net/haber/335254/af-orgutu-isvecte-idil-eseriin-yas-gununu-kutladi (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/844861/iyi_ki_dogdun_idil.html (TURKCE)

https://www.es.amnesty.org/en-que-estamos/blog/historia/articulo/carta-de-idil-eser-desde-prision-en-turquia/ (ESPANOL)

http://lepersoneeladignita.corriere.it/2017/10/14/amaro-compleanno-in-carcere-per-la-direttrice-di-amnesty-international-turchia/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.sydsvenskan.se/2017-10-14/att-forsvara-manskliga-rattigheter-ar-inte-ett-brott (SWEDISH)


Turkey/AI: Turkey must release human rights defenders still in jail after 100 days

October 12, 2017

One hundred days after their wrongful arrest, Amnesty International is leading a global demand for the immediate and unconditional release of 11 prominent human rights defenders in Turkey.

Ten activists, including İdil Eser, the Director of Amnesty Turkey, were arrested on 5 July whilst Amnesty International’s Turkey Chair, Taner Kılıç, was arrested a month earlier. On 4 October a prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for all 11 human rights defenders on absurd and trumped up terrorism charges.

“One hundred days ago our colleagues were locked up for standing up for human rights. Every passing day further exposes the long reach of the post-coup crackdown and the deep flaws in Turkey’s justice system,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director.

“The indictment is a toxic mix of innuendo and untruth which does not stand up to the slightest scrutiny. It repeats ludicrous and contradictory allegations which have no place in any self-respecting courtroom.”

After three months the investigation has unsurprisingly failed to provide any incriminating evidence to substantiate the prosecutor’s fantastical charges. Nor has it shown how the supposedly secret ‘Buyukadameeting’ relates to terrorism in any way.







https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2017/10/turkey-must-release-human-rights-defenders-still-in-jail-after-one-hundred-days/ (FRANCAIS)

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2017/10/12/turquie-tortures-dans-des-centres-de-detention-de-la-police-et-enlevements (FRANCAIS)

https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/turkey-idil-eser-detention-birthday-cats/ (CHINESE)

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Turkey: Amnesty calls on Turkey to release human rights defenders on 100th day of their arrest

October 11, 2017

Amnesty calls on Turkey to release human rights defenders on 100th day of their arrest

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday called on the Turkish government for the immediate andunconditional release of 11 prominent human rights defenders, including its Turkey director İdil Eser, who has been in pretrial detention for 100 days on terrorism charges.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe director, said: “One hundred days ago our colleagues were locked up for standing up for human rights. Every passing day further exposes the long reach of the post-coup crackdown and the deep flaws in Turkey’s justice system.”

Underlining that the accusations faced by the 11 activists are baseless, Dalhuisen said: “The indictment is a toxic mix of innuendo and untruth which does not stand up to the slightest scrutiny. It repeats ludicrous and contradictory allegations which have no place in any self-respecting courtroom.”

Ten activists, including Eser, were detained on July 5 during a workshop at a hotel on İstanbul’s Büyükada and were put in pretrial detention by an İstanbul court on July 18 on charges of “abetting a terrorist organization.”

AI Turkey Chair Taner Kılıç was also put in pretrial detention a month earlier on charges of alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which Turkish authorities blame for a failed coup last year.

On Oct. 4 a prosecutor filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years for all 11 human rights defenders.







October 8, 2017

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Responding to news that a prosecutor has filed an indictment calling for jail terms of up to 15 years on terror charges for 11 human rights activists including Idil Eser and Taner Kilic, the director and chair of Amnesty International Turkey, John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Europe Director said the following:

“This outrageous indictment contains no new information but instead reheats absurd allegations against some of Turkey’s most prominent human rights defenders.

“These brave activists have languished in jail for months on end for no reason other than their belief in human rights. For them to have spent even day behind bars is a gross injustice.

“This indictment is little more than a tatty patchwork of fabrication, innuendo and untruths and is a damning indictment of Turkey’s flawed justice system. The court must reject it in its entirety and ensure that our friends and colleagues are immediately and unconditionally released.”






https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/15-ans-de-prison-pour-nos-collegues-damnesty-turquie (FRANCAIS)

http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/10/08/turquie-jusqu-a-15-ans-de-prison-requis-pour-11-militants-des-droits-humains_1601690 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.agos.com.tr/tr/yazi/19467/hak-savunucularinin-iddianamesi-hazirlandi-15-yila-kadar-hapis-istemi (TURKCE)

https://www.saarbruecker-zeitung.de/politik/themen/deutschem-drohen-in-der-tuerkei-15-jahre-gefaengnis_aid-5373030 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.infobae.com/america/mundo/2017/10/08/turquia-pidieron-hasta-15-anos-de-prision-para-11-activistas-incluidos-los-lideres-locales-de-amnistia-internacional/ (ESPANOL)

https://www.volkskrant.nl/buitenland/15-jaar-cel-geeist-tegen-directeur-en-medewerkers-amnesty-international-in-turkije~a4520751/ (NEDERLANDS)

http://www.epochtimes.com/b5/17/10/9/n9712975.htm (CHINESE)


Turkey: Prosecutor demands 15 years in jail for human rights defenders

October 8, 2017

The İstanbul Public Prosecutor’s Office has drafted an indictment for 11 people including foreign human rights defenders who were detained during a workshop in İstanbul, seeking 15 years each for allegedly for “being a member of an armed terrorist organization and aiding it,” the state-run TRT reported on Sunday.

On July 5 Turkish police, acting on an anonymous tip, raided a hotel on Büyükada, one of the Princes’ Islands off İstanbul, and detained İdil Eser from Amnesty International, İlknur Üstün from the Women’s Coalition, lawyer Günal Kurşun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, lawyer Nalan Erkem from the Citizens Assembly, Nejat Taştan from the Equal Rights Watch Association, Özlem Dalkıran from the Citizens’ Assembly, lawyer Şeyhmus Özbekli and Veli Acu from the Human Rights Agenda Association, two foreign trainers, Swedish national Ali Garawi and German citizen Peter Steudtner, and the hotel owner. Eight of the 11 people have been under pretrial detention.

According to TRT, Amnesty International’s Turkey section chair Taner Kılıç, who was detained on June 6 in a separate operation in İzmir, was also accused in the same indictment of being a member of the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement strongly denies any involvement in the failed coup.









http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/10/08/turquie-jusqu-a-15-ans-de-prison-requis-pour-11-militants-des-droits-humains_1601690 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2017/10/08/97001-20171008FILWWW00079-turquie-la-prison-requise-pour-des-militants.php (FRANCAIS)

https://www.courrierinternational.com/depeche/turquie-jusqua-15-ans-de-prison-requis-pour-11-militants-des-droits-de-lhomme.afp.com.20171008.doc.t766d.xml?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1507477622#xtor=CS1-9 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.wienerzeitung.at/nachrichten/europa/europastaaten/921716_Tuerkei-fordert-15-Jahre-Haft-fuer-Aktivisten.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.nd.nl/nieuws/actueel/buitenland/turkije-wil-hoge-straffen-voor-activisten.2813710.lynkx (NEDERLANDS)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/334658/buyukada-iddianamesi-hazirlandi-insan-hakkini-savunmak-suc (TURKCE)

https://www.publico.pt/2017/10/08/mundo/noticia/ministerio-publico-da-turquia-pede-15-anos-de-prisao-para-grupo-incluindo-chefe-da-ai-1788098 (PORTUGUES)

https://wpolityce.pl/swiat/361376-turcja-prokuratura-chce-do-15-lat-wiezienia-dla-obroncow-praw-czlowieka (POLISH)

http://www.hotnews.ro/stiri-international-22043855-turcia-militantii-pentru-drepturile-omului-arestati-iulie-putea-condamnati-15-ani-inchisoare-pentru-terorism.htm (ROMANIAN)

Hong Kong/China/AI: Freedom of expression under attack as scores of peaceful protesters face “chilling” prosecutions

September 26, 2017

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The Hong Kong government must drop prosecutions aimed at having a chilling effect on freedom of expression in the city, Amnesty International said ahead of the third anniversary of the 2014 pro-democracy Umbrella Movement.

Three years on from the start of the unprecedented 79-day protest in late 2014, scores of protesters, who were arrested for their involvement in the largely peaceful protests, remain in legal limbo, uncertain if they will face charges.

“Three years since the Umbrella Movement protests, a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Hong Kong. The government’s stance is having a chilling effect on peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” said Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong.

“The government must drop prosecutions which have the effect of deterring people from participating in peaceful protests, particularly on sensitive issues such as Hong Kong’s autonomy and democracy. The authorities’ continued obfuscation has left protesters in legal limbo and is detrimental to human rights in Hong Kong.”

Chilling effect

According to government figures, 955 people were arrested during the Umbrella Movement. After the protests, the government further arrested 48 people, mostly key individuals involved in the pro-democracy demonstrations. They were arrested for a range of offences including “unlawful assembly” and ”unauthorized assembly”.

Many of them were released after their arrest, but police notified them that criminal investigations were still ongoing and they would be re-arrested and charged, should there be sufficient evidence to prosecute them.

Among the 48 prominent activists who were arrested after the Umbrella Movement protests were Associate Professor Benny Tai, Rev. Chu Yiu-ming and Chan Kin-man, arrested for “unlawful assembly” in 2015. In March this year, the charges were changed to “public nuisance”, ambiguous charges with a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment.



https://www.amnesty.org/es/latest/news/2017/09/hong-kong-freedom-of-expression-attack-peaceful-protesters-face-chilling-prosecutions/ (ESPANOL)


Iran/AI: Release human rights activists from unjust imprisonment

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The space for human rights activism in Iran is rapidly shrinking, as the state’s judicial and security bodies intensify their crackdown. But anti-death penalty campaigners, women’s and minority rights activists, trade unionists, and many others bravely continue to speak up.

Their determination is met with severe consequences – they are locked up after grossly unfair trials, and branded as “enemies of the state” and “traitors” by the Iranian state media.

Narges Mohammadi is a distinguished and award-winning human rights activist. An inspiration to many, she speaks out against the death penalty and passionately defends women’s rights. She has already served six years in prison for her work at the Centre for Human Rights Defenders. She has now been sentenced to a further 16 years behind bars. Narges has suffered seizures in prison and requires specialized medical care which she cannot receive there. She has been cruelly separated from her family, including her two young children, Ali and Kiana, who she has not seen for two years.