Director of Amnesty International Turkey detained

By agency reporter
July 7, 2017

Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey was detained, along with seven other human rights defenders and two trainers, during a digital security and information management workshop in Büyükada, Istanbul. The owner of the hotel in which the workshop took place was also detained.

Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said,"We are profoundly disturbed and outraged that some of Turkey’s leading human rights defenders, including the Director of Amnesty International Turkey, should have been detained so blatantly without cause.

"Her incommunicado detention, and that of the other human rights defenders attending a routine training event, is a grotesque abuse of power and highlights the precarious situation facing human rights activists in the country. Idil Eser and those detained with her, must be immediately and unconditionally released.

'World leaders currently sitting in Hamburg have been remarkably tolerant of Turkey’s human rights meltdown. With President Erdogan now in their midst, this would be a good time to speak out firmly and call for the release of all human rights defenders currently behind bars.'

In addition to Idil Eser, the seven human rights defenders detained were: Ilknur Üstün, Women's Coalition, Günal Kursun, lawyer, Human Rights Agenda Association; Nalan Erkem, lawyer, Citizens Assembly; Nejat Tastan, Equal Rights Watch Association; Özlem Dalkiran, Citizens’ Assembly; Seyhmuz Özbekli, lawyer; Veli Acu, Human Rights Agenda Association.

Two foreign trainers – a German and a Swedish national –  were also detained.

These detentions come less than a month after Amnesty International’s Turkey chair, Taner Kiliç, was remanded in prison custody.

*Amnesty International https://www.amnesty.org.uk/

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