Let Turkey know the world is watching, demand they release Taner Kiliç immediately

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Demand justice for Taner Kiliç

He has been unjustly jailed and charged in a crackdown on human rights defenders.



On January 31st we told you that our dear colleague Taner Kılıç had finally been released after 8 grueling months in jail. We said this because it's what the court ruled. But while Taner's family excitedly waited for him to walk out of prison and into their arms, he was re-arrested and taken back into custody. The case continues in a local court on February 1st.


This is hugely upsetting and disappointing - and completely unacceptable.  

Now we need to come together, to show our strength and power. Please email the Turkish Minister of Justice now demanding Taner is freed.

Learn more: 

Re-arrest of Turkey Chair devastates family, disgraces justice - Feb 1

Court releases Amnesty Chair after nearly 8 months in jail - Jan 31

Amnesty Turkey Chair kept in jail - Oct 26

Turkey releases human rights defenders on bail - Oct 25

Celebrities join call on Turkey to release human rights defenders, still in jail after 100 days - Oct 12

Turkey: Charges filed against jailed Amnesty staff and rights defenders must be rejected - Oct 9

Re-arrest of four human rights defenders a cruel and retrograde step - July 24

Canada alarmed at deteriorating human rights situation in Turkey  - July 21

Press Release: Jailing of activists, including Amnesty director, a crushing blow for rights in Turkey - July 18

Visit our Human Rights in Turkey page to learn more about the human rights crisis.


To:  Mr. Abdulhamit Gül, Minister of Justice, Republic of Turkey 

Dear Minister,

Yesterday, the court ruled that Taner Kılıç would be released, following eight months in jail.  

However, just as Taner’s family waited for him to walk out of jail, he was re-arrested. There is no new evidence against him, and treating him and his family in this manner is not only unjust - it is cruel. 

I am writing to you now urging you to make sure the court’s order to release Taner is respected, and that he is freed immediately. 

More than a million people around the world have called for the release of Taner. And we will not stop until he is free.

Defending human rights is not a crime.