• Press Release

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

July 24, 2017

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.

Shetty will then join scores of activists at a protest where he will be available for interviews against a backdrop of giant figures representing human rights defenders who are victims of Turkey’s crackdown. The partners of two of the jailed activists, Swedish national Ali Gharavi, and German national, Peter Steudtner, will be with Shetty and available for interview.

“Governments across the world have called for the release of human rights defenders in Turkey. I will press upon Federica Mogherini that she must do the same, and urgently raise the issue with Minister Çavuşoğlu when they meet in Brussels on Tuesday,” said Shetty.

“Defending human rights is not a crime, but it is fast becoming one in Turkey. We only have a small window of opportunity to stop this now, before there’s no one left to stand up for what’s right.”

Photos of the event, which will take place at 10 am local time, will be distributed to press as soon as they are available.