Ten human rights activists, including İdil Eser, executive director of Amnesty Turkey, were arrested on baseless charges on July 5. Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty Turkey, was arrested a month earlier.
“We welcome Vice President Pence’s support for human rights defenders in Turkey at this critical time, as the crackdown on civil society persists,” said Naureen Shah, senior director of campaigns at Amnesty International USA. “Despite dedicating their lives to defending human rights, Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10 still face up to 15 years in prison on absurd terror charges. We will not stop fighting until all charges against Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10 are immediately dropped.”