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 organisation”.
Update: On 31 January, we told you that our dear colleague Taner Kılıç had finally been released after 8 gruelling 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 authorities are taking him to a court in Izmir today.
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.
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.
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.