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Arrested in Turkey Amnesty International activists face 15 years in prison
19:32, 8 October 2017
Arrested in Turkey Amnesty International activists face 15 years in prison

Human rights defenders accused of membership in a terrorist organization

19:32, 8 October 2017

Amnesty International
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Turkish prosecutor's office demands that activists of an international human rights organization arrested in Turkey should be sentenced to 15 years in prison. This is reported by Dogan.

It is noted that human rights activists have been charged with membership in a terrorist organization. In total, 11 Amnesty International activists have been charged, eight of whom are under arrest.

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On July 6, law enforcement officers on an island near Istanbul detained 12 Amnesty International activists, including the head of the Turkish branch Idil Eser, citizens of Germany and Switzerland, as well as the owner of the hotel where the meeting was held. The international organization demanded the release of the detainees, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Amnesty International of preparing a new coup attempt in the country, citing intelligence data.

Later, the court decided to arrest Eser and seven other human rights defenders, including a German citizen Peter Stoedtner.

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