At this moment, 10 students from Boğaziçi University in Turkey are in prison for ‘shouting slogans and holding banners’ at a peaceful anti-Syrian war protest.

The Turkish courts have accused them of ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organisation’ and these young people may face up to five years in prison.

The situation in Turkey for human rights defenders is volatile. But when thousands of Amnesty supporters take action for people unfairly imprisoned, we can win their freedom.

Just last year, within months of Turkey unjustly imprisoning a group of human rights defenders, hundreds of thousands of Amnesty supporters signed petitions and emailed Turkey’s authorities in protest. And in October those people were released and once again with their families and friends.

We are in a position to work together and put enough pressure on Turkey’s authorities to get the students released too.

Peaceful protest is a human right – call for the Turkey students’ immediate release.

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Minister of Justice
Mr. Abdülhamit Gül

Dear Minister,

I call on you to immediately and unconditionally release the students from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University held in pre-trial detention.

The students have been remanded in prison solely for participating in a peaceful protest and exercising their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly – guaranteed under Turkish law.

The students should not be subject to any administrative sanction and be allowed to continue their studies at university.

I also call on you to ensure that no students face further investigation or prosecution for taking part in peaceful protest.

Kind regards,

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