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Turkey: Foreign Minister’s baseless allegations threaten entire human rights movement

Responding to statements made by Turkish Foreign Minister Çavuşoğlu at a press conference following his meeting with High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini in Brussels, Amnesty International’s Europe Director, John Dalhuisen said:

Amnesty International Urges EU Officials to Raise Issue of Detained Human Rights Defenders with Turkish minister

While members and activists demonstrated outside, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, met with the European Commission’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, and asked her to urgently raise the issue of jailed human rights defenders at her meeting with the Turkish Foreign Affairs and EU Ministers later today. Amnesty International’s Turkey Director and Chair, Idil Eser and Taner Kılıç are currently in detention facing terrorism related charges.

Prior to meeting with Turkish foreign minister, EU official to discuss jailed activists with Amnesty chief

Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, will urge EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini to urgently raise the issue of jailed human rights defenders — including Amnesty International’s Turkey Director and Chair, Idil Eser and Taner Kılıç — at her meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister tomorrow morning.

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