Taner Kiliç, the head of Amnesty Turkey, has been detained together with 22 other lawyers in Izmir. Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General responded:
“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.”
Kilic is allegedly detained over link to Gulen Movement but Amnesty’s recent report on the devastating implications of unlawfull dismissals by the government on the hundreds of thousands of people had made him a target of the pro-government media.