UN experts urge the Government of Turkey to release all rights defenders

July 19th, 2017 § 0 comments

On 5 July 2017 nine human rights defenders and two foreign trainers, including the director of Amnesty International in Turkey, attending a workshop for human rights defenders in Turkey, were detained over alleged membership of a terrorism organisation.

On 14 July 2017 a group of United Nation experts called on the Turkish Government to immediately release them. Amongst others, the experts “expressed concern at reports that a confidential investigation has been opened by the Prosecutor against the group, preventing defence lawyers from accessing the case files, and at reports that a smear campaign is being conducted against them.”

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In June 2017 the Chair of Amnesty International in Turkey, Taner Kiliç, and 22 other laywers were arrested. The CCBE addressed its concerns to the President of Turkey.

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