Turkey: Eight Human Rights Defenders Released Pending Trial

On 25 October 2017, an Istanbul court issued a decision to conditionally release eight human rights defenders while the court proceedings regarding charges continue. Released are: İdil Eser, Director of Amnesty Turkey, Özlem Dalkıran, Günal Kurşun, Veli Acu, Ali Gharavi, Peter Steudtner, Nalan Erkem and İlknur Üstün. They  were arrested on 5 July 2017 and accused of membership in “an armed organization with the purpose of committing the offences listed parts four and five of [the Penal Code].”  See LRWC’s letter calling on the government of Turkeyto release imprisoned Human Rights Defenders here.

The Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kilic, was remanded in custody on 26 October 2017. Read LRWC’s letter of support for him here.