Join our call to drop the charges against the human rights defenders and let Turkey know the world is watching

 
 
People have taken action!
Please lend your support,
before it's too late.
0
People have taken action!
Please lend your support,
before it's too late.
10000
People have taken action!
Help us build momentum by contributing support.
20000
Messages have been sent!
Add your voice and keep up the pressure!

Demand justice for the rights defenders in Turkey

Defenders unjustly jailed and charged in crackdown on human rights defenders.

 

RESPECTED HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS WRONGLY ACCUSED AND DETAINED

Taner Kılıç was just doing his job, exposing human rights abuses in Turkey as Chair of Amnesty International in that country. But on 9 June 2017, he was thrown into prison on the baseless accusation of being a member of an “armed terrorist organization”.

One month later, 10 other human rights defenders, including Amnesty International Turkey’s Director were detained while attending a routine workshop for human rights activists in Istanbul.

All are on trial for “terrorism” related crimes – an absurd attempt to choke their human rights activism.

WE WON'T STOP 
UNTIL THEY ARE
ALL FREE 

Taner is still in prison - and even though the Istanbul 10 have been released thanks to our campaigning, they are still at risk.

Taner and the Istanbul 10 are our friends and colleagues. They have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting other people’s human rights in Turkey and elsewhere.  Painting them as criminals leaves everyone vulnerable to the government taking away their personal freedoms.

We won’t stop until they’re ALL free. Join our call to free Taner and drop the charges against the Istanbul 10. Let Turkey know the world is watching.

Learn more: 

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.


Sign up to Write for Rights on December 10th!

Write letters of solidarity to human rights defenders like Taner Kilic and the Istanbul 10, or write to those in authority demanding justice. Sign up now! 



 

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

Dear Minister, I feel compelled to write and call on you to drop the charges against eleven human rights defenders in Turkey, including Amnesty International’s İdil Eser and Taner Kılıç.

While eight of them, who had been imprisoned for almost four months, have been released, Taner remains in prison.  They all still face shocking and baseless charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation.”

These 11 people have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting human rights in Turkey and elsewhere, a vital role in any free and fair society. Yet because of the absurd and patently unfounded allegations, they now face up to 15 years in prison.

Observers like me all around the world can see that this accusation is ridiculous and simply not true. This is why I am joining hundreds of thousands of people in standing with human rights defenders in Turkey.

Defending human rights is not a crime.

Please do the right thing, release Taner Kılıç and drop the charges now. 

Yours sincerely,
 
 

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

Dear Minister,

I feel compelled to write and call on you to drop the charges against eleven human rights defenders in Turkey, including Amnesty International’s İdil Eser and Taner Kılıç. 

While eight of them, who had been imprisoned for almost four months, have been released, Taner remains in prison.  They all still face shocking and baseless charges of “membership of an armed terrorist organisation.” 

These 11 people have dedicated their lives to peacefully protecting human rights in Turkey and elsewhere, a vital role in any free and fair society. Yet because of the absurd and patently unfounded allegations, they now face up to 15 years in prison. 

Observers like me all around the world can see that this accusation is ridiculous and simply not true.  This is why I am joining hundreds of thousands of people in standing with human rights defenders in Turkey. 

Defending human rights is not a crime. Please do the right thing and drop the charges now. 



Yours sincerely,


  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
Close