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THANK YOU for Helping to Free Taner

After 435 days, Taner was finally released from prison yesterday and reunited with his overjoyed family. I don’t think I was the only one who got teary-eyed when I saw the images of Taner, his wife, and daughters meeting for … Continue reading

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Amnesty Calls for Turkish Government to Restore Freedoms Now That State of Emergency Has Ended

The State of Emergency in Turkey, which was implemented in the wake of the failed coup two years ago, was finally officially lifted on July 19. However, as Amnesty outlines in its updated campaign against rights violations in Turkey, lifting … Continue reading

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Today Should Be Taner’s Last Day in Prison

Today, more than a year after he was first imprisoned, Taner Kilic, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, will appear before a judge. Just a few days ago, a police report submitted on his case found no evidence that Taner ever had … Continue reading

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European Officials Speak Out on Anniversary of Taner’s Imprisonment

June 6 marked the 1 year anniversary of Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair Taner Kilic’s arrest and imprisonment. Ordinary citizens as well as government representatives marked the day with renewed calls to end this injustice and release Taner. The spokesperson for … Continue reading

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365 Days

One year ago today, Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair Taner Kilic was imprisoned on false charges. He has missed a year of his life and a year of his family’s life.   Despite Taner’s extended imprisonment, Turkish prosecutors have not presented … Continue reading

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LGBTI+ Turks Still Need Your Support

On May 11, hundreds of LGBTI+ students and their allies at the Middle East Technical University in Ankara defied an official, province-wide ban on LGBTI- focused events and marched in support of LGBTI+ rights. Unlike other recent LGBTI+ marches in … Continue reading

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Amnesty’s new report on human rights and human rights defenders in Turkey: “In today’s Turkey, even merely existing is a struggle”

Amnesty’s new report detailing the decline human rights in Turkey over the past several years, titled “Weathering the Storm: Defending human rights in Turkey’s climate of fear” was released today. The report highlights “the ways in which the rights to … Continue reading

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DOS Human Rights Report: “Intensifying Government Pressure” on Human Rights Groups in Turkey

The US Department of State released its annual human rights report on Friday, and the section on Turkey paints a grim picture of the state of human rights and the treatment of human rights defenders. The report notes that “human … Continue reading

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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┬ájournalists Mehmet Altan and ┼×ahin 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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