• Press Release

Turkey: “We will not rest until they are all free”, Amnesty chief vows

August 27, 2018

AI France staff membres protesting the arrest and detention of AI Turkey director Idil Eser and AI Turkey chairman Taner Kiliç at the Turkish embassy in Paris on 10 July 2017.
Leading human rights champions – including Amnesty International’s newly appointed Secretary General, Kumi Naidoo, and Amnesty Turkey Honorary Chair, Taner Kılıç, appearing publicly for the first time since his release from prison – will today pledge to intensify the struggle to ensure the release of all those unjustly jailed in Turkey.

The gathering, attended by civil society leaders and parliamentarians, will highlight the situation facing hundreds of human rights defenders, journalists, academics, lawyers, artists and others – jailed in the aftermath of the 2016 failed coup attempt.

All over Turkey, ordinary people with extraordinary passion are speaking out for justice and equality despite the threat of being unjustly punished for the stand they take. They are journalists and academics, artists and lawyers. They are also mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers. They are driven by their deep commitment for human rights, justice, freedom and equality,” said Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s newly appointed Secretary General.

“Instead of punishing them, Turkey should be proud of this vibrant and vital human rights community.

“The writer, Aziz Nesin, once said we are responsible not only for what we say but what we fail to say by staying silent. Amnesty International cannot and will not stay silent in the face of Turkey’s human rights crisis, and I am here today to re-affirm our solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Turkey who are fighting for a brighter future for all.”