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Turkey: Amnesty director kept in custody after more human rights activists arrested01:28

Turkey: Amnesty director kept in custody after more human rights activists arrested

Turkey, Istanbul
July 18, 2017 at 12:18 GMT -00:00 · Published

A Turkish court remanded six human rights activists in custody, including the director of Amnesty International Turkey, while releasing four others on bail, over allegations of assisting a "terrorist organisation", in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Nejat Tastan from the human rights group Equal Rights Watch Association, Nalan Erkem from the group Citizens Assembly, Ilknur Ustun from Women's Coalition, Seyhmuz Ozbekli from Rights Initiative were seen hugging friends and relatives waiting outside the courts, after being released impending trial. The four are banned from travelling abroad and are to report to police regularly.

The activists were detained on July 5 at a workshop on the grounds of "committing crime in the name of terrorist organisation without being a member".

Still in custody, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey Idil Eser, Ozlem Dalkiran from the Citizens' Assembly, Gunal Kursun from Human Rights Agenda Association, and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association were all also arrested on similar charges earlier in the month.

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A Turkish court remanded six human rights activists in custody, including the director of Amnesty International Turkey, while releasing four others on bail, over allegations of assisting a "terrorist organisation", in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Nejat Tastan from the human rights group Equal Rights Watch Association, Nalan Erkem from the group Citizens Assembly, Ilknur Ustun from Women's Coalition, Seyhmuz Ozbekli from Rights Initiative were seen hugging friends and relatives waiting outside the courts, after being released impending trial. The four are banned from travelling abroad and are to report to police regularly.

The activists were detained on July 5 at a workshop on the grounds of "committing crime in the name of terrorist organisation without being a member".

Still in custody, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey Idil Eser, Ozlem Dalkiran from the Citizens' Assembly, Gunal Kursun from Human Rights Agenda Association, and Veli Acu from Human Rights Agenda Association were all also arrested on similar charges earlier in the month.

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