Turkish director of Amnesty International arrested
Idil Eser, the director of Amnesty International in Turkey, it is Wednesday morning arrested together with seven other Turkish human rights defenders and two international trainers. They took part in a training session of a Dutch development agency.
Project officer Wieke Meilink of the Humanistic Institute for development Cooperation (Hivos) reported Thursday morning early that the organisation is still no contact has been able to establish with the arrested activists and employees.
Director Emel joc pe telefon of the local human rights organization Helsinki Citizens Assembly says that the German and Swedish trainer stuck on the Büyükada island near Istanbul, where the training took place. The Turkish human rights activists to an unknown location.
The owner was also arrested, but came around midnight.
Hivos has contact on the case with the UN special rapporteur on human rights, local partner organisations and lawyers.
World leaders have been remarkably tolerant of Turkey’s human rights meltdown. #G20 in Berlin must change that https://t.co/VRNkv1tYMF
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00:54 – 06 July 2017
‘Grotesque abuse of power’
Amnesty International calls for the arrest of Esa and the other human rights defenders in a statement “grotesque abuse of power” and calls for their immediate release.
The former director of Amnesty Turkey, Taner Kilic was the beginning of June also arrested. He is accused for “membership of a terrorist organisation’. According to the Turkish prosecutor he has ties with the Gülenbeweging, which by Ankara is seen as the organizer of the couppoging of last year.