Turkish regime arrests Amnesty International chairman

This video says about itself:

‘I was tortured in Turkey‘ – BBC News

28 nov. 2016

The UN’s special investigator on torture has arrived in Turkey following allegations of rape and abuse by the country’s security forces, after July’s failed coup. Tens of thousands of people have been jailed in a crackdown that has been condemned by activists.

From Amnesty International:

Chair of Amnesty International Turkey swept up in post-coup purge

6 June 2017, 19:06 UTC

Responding to the news that Taner Kiliç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, was today detained by police along with 22 other lawyers in Izmir on suspicion of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

“The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become. Taner Kiliç has a long and distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish authorities are now intent on trampling.

“In the absence of credible and admissible evidence of their involvement in internationally recognized crimes, we are calling on the Turkish authorities to immediately release Taner Kiliç along with the other 22 lawyers, and drop all charges against them.”


Taner Kiliç has served on the board of Amnesty International Turkey for various periods since 2002 and has been Chair since 2014. During his decades of work for human rights organizations in Turkey he has consistently demonstrated an unswerving commitment to human rights.

Taner Kiliç was detained from his house in Izmir at 6.30 this morning before being taken to his office. Both properties were searched. He is currently in police custody in Yeşilyurt district of Izmir.

At present, Taner Kiliç’s detention does not seem to be connected to any of Amnesty International’s work, nor to be specifically targeting the organization. The detention order refers to an investigation into suspected members of the “Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organization”. It is currently unclear why Taner Kiliç is suspected of having these links.

More Turkish human rights activists arrested: here.

9 thoughts on “Turkish regime arrests Amnesty International chairman

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  2. Monday 12th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    AMNESTY International chairman in Turkey Taner Kilic was arrested in the western province of Izmir at the weekend, facing charges of membership of a terror organisation.

    The rights group called Mr Kilic’s arrest a “mockery of justice.”

    He was arrested with five other lawyers, all accused of using ByLock, an encrypted mobile messaging application allegedly used by the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey blames for orchestrating last summer’s coup attempt.

    The authorities claim ByLock was discovered to have been on Mr Kilic’s phone in August 2014; he denies downloading or using the application.

    Council of Europe rights commissioner Nils Muiznieks said that the detention is part of “the worrying trend of judicial actions currently targeting human-rights defenders and an increasingly wide range of other civil society actors in Turkey.”



  3. Thursday 15th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TURKISH police arrested 78 lawyers yesterday across eight provinces in the government’s ongoing round-up of its opponents.

    The lawyers were among 189 who had arrest warrants issued against them by Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, alleging that they were members of an armed terrorist organisation.

    That is the AKP government’s preferred charge against its opponents — accusing them of belonging to what it calls the Fethullah Terrorist Organisation, an Islamist religious and social movement led by US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen which in fact has no official name.

    The AKP accuses Gulen and his followers of being behind last year’s failed military coup, which sparked a mass crackdown that has affected all parts of Turkish society.

    The http://turkeypurge.com website, which tracks the crackdown, says that so far the government has sacked 138,148 workers and 52,994 people have been arrested pending trial.



  4. Six more in dock in coup backlash

    TURKEY: Newspaper editor Ahmet Altan, his brother Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and writer, and prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak were among people put on trial in Istanbul yesterday on charges relating to last year’s coup.
    They are all accused of having prior knowledge of the coup attempt linked to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and of supporting it.
    Six defendants were already in jail, 10 others are being tried in absentia. More than 100 trials linked to the July coup bid are under way.



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