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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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Congress Urges President Trump to Call for the Release of Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10

On Wednesday, December 5, President Trump received a letter signed by over 40 members of Congress, urging him to “publicly call on the Government of Turkey to halt the prosecution of [the Istanbul 10], drop all charges against them, and … Continue reading

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Amnesty USA campaign calls for action on Turkish rights defenders: Here’s how you can participate

A joint letter on the prosecution of rights defenders is currently being circulated around Congress.  Are you based in the United States?  Follow this link to learn how you can lend your support.  A minute of your time now can make … Continue reading

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UN experts call for dropping of terror charges against leading human rights defenders in Turkey

GENEVA (13 November 2017) – A group of United Nations experts* has condemned the use of terrorism charges against human rights defenders and people legitimately expressing dissent in Turkey. The experts highlighted a number of cases of concern, including the … Continue reading

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First White House comment on unjust imprisonment of civil society members and journalists in Turkey

According to the White House, in today’s meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Vice President Mike Pence expressed deep concern over the arrests of members of civil society in Turkey, urging transparency and due process in their cases. This is the … Continue reading

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