Update 18/07/2017: Idil Eser and all of the 9 others have been charged with assisting a terrorist organisation.
Idil, and five others were remanded in custody a few minutes ago. The remaining four have been released on bail.
The accusations set out by the prosecutor are tragically absurd and referred to routine NGO activities – including some Amnesty letter writing actions.
Idil herself is accused of supporting multiple terrorist organisations despite the fact that they are all ideologically opposed to one another.
9/6/17: Yesterday morning, police arrested eight human rights defenders and two trainers attending a workshop in Istanbul. Those arrested included Amnesty Turkey’s Director, Idil Eser.
This comes just one month after Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained in Turkey and is wrongly suspected of belonging to the Fethullah Gülen movement, which the authorities blame for last year’s attempted coup.
He was taken into police custody along with 22 other lawyers on 6 June.
This kind of attack on Human Rights Defenders is becoming more frequent. Erdogan’s government is abusing its power, deliberately making the country a dangerous place for people who speak out for human rights.We urgently need your help to secure their release.