Turkey arrests 6 human rights activists, including Amnesty International Director
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 19-Jul-2017

Ankara, July 19: The injustice in Turkey reaches to an unforgiving level where 6 human rights activists, including the Amnesty International director of Turkey branch were arrested by a court order on Tuesday. The allegations thrown on them were vague and contained no evidences, it said, “activists were helping an armed terrorist organisation”.


Earlier in the month of July, 10 were detained in Istanbul. The allegations on the 6 human rights activists were opposite of any kind of violence. At the moment, the 6 detainees remanded under the custody are İdil Eser (Amnesty International), Günal Kurşun (Human Rights Agenda Association), Özlem Dalkıran (Citizens’ Assembly), Veli Acu (Human Rights Agenda Association), Ali Gharavi (a Swedish IT strategy consultant) and Peter Steudtner (non-violence and wellbeing trainer).

It is quite possible that the detainees will be held in jail for as long as 2 years as a full trial comes to court. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkish President receives a great support from the enthusiastic media prevalent in the country.  Idil Eser is the director of the Amnesty International of Turkey branch and still was not shown any mercy.

Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo called on Government of Turkey to immediately release the arrested women and human rights activists. She released an official statement calling the arrest, “committing crime in the name of a terrorist organization”.  Lambo reminded Tukey of the ‘Istanbul Convention’ which denies the country any sort of violence against women.

Turkey shares its border with the terror inflicted country of Syria; it forms the basis of all the problems and silence from the West. Many Western countries are heavily dependent on Turkish security cooperation and thus, do not want to risk jeopardizing this priority. The slowdown of the Syrian refugees into Europe is heavily dependent on the deal struck with Erdogan 2 years ago.