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A Grim Anniversary: Taner’s 300th Day in Prison

Taner has spent 300 days in prison and, despite the fact a judge had ruled for his release, there is no end in sight. We demand justice for Taner.

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ECHR Determines that Rights of Altan and Alpay were Violated

On Tuesday, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on the case journalists Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay, who have been imprisioned since September of 2016. Altan and Alpay are accused of using coded language to support the coup attempt … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s Taner Kilic Spends His 49th Birthday in Prison

Today, we wish Amnesty Turkey Chair Taner Kilic dogum gununu kutlu olsun (happy birthday). On the occasion of his birthday, Taner’s wife Hatice has been so kind as to share the following reflections on Taner’s ongoing imprisonment: Today is my … Continue reading

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Good News: All 11 Members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council Released

On January 30, 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council were detained after the Association released a statement calling for the immediate end to the Turkish military’s incursion into Afrin province in Syria. President Erdogan accused the 11 … Continue reading

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The US State Department Speaks Out About Taner’s Case, Calls on Turkish Government to End State of Emergency

Yesterday, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert directly addressed the continued detention of Amnesty Turkey’s Chair Taner Kilic, and the deterioration of the rule of law in the country. The United States is deeply troubled by the February 1 rearrest by Turkish … Continue reading

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Taner’s Re-arrest Devastates his Family and Supporters

Yesterday, Taner’s family and friends celebrated a brief moment of joy when, after 8 months in detention, the court finally ruled for his release. However, that joy soon turned to mourning. Prosecutors appealed the court’s decision and Taner was immediately … Continue reading

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Human Rights Defenders Like Taner Kilic Are Being Imprisoned in Turkey

On 6 June 2017, our friend and colleague Taner Kılıç, a human rights lawyer and the Chair of Amnesty Turkey, was arrested. He has been in prison ever since. Taner is currently on trial, charged with “membership of an armed … Continue reading

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34 Members of Congress Ask Secretary Tillerson to Hold Turkey Accountable for Violating the Rights of its LGBTQ Citizens

The deterioration of LGBTQ rights in Turkey over the past few years has not gone unnoticed by Congress. On Thrusday, January 18, 34 members of Congress signed on to a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging the State … Continue reading

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Tell the Government of Turkey to Drop the False Charges Against Taner and the Istanbul 10

On January 31, the Chair of Amnesty Turkey, Taner Kilic, will appear in court. This will be the third hearing in his case. Taner has been charged with serious crimes, namely membership in a terrorist organization, based on a ridiculous … Continue reading

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Lower Courts Refuse to Abide by Constitutional Court Ruling Ordering the Release of Journalists Alpay and Altan

On Thursday, Turkey’s Constitutional Court ruled that journalists Sahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan, who have both been in prison for more than a year, had their rights violated while in custody and therefore ordered their release. However, just hours later … Continue reading

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