06/01/2018

Urgent Action: Detained Rapper Accused Of Promoting Drugs (Turkey: UA 107.18)


Rapper, Ezhel, was remanded on pre-trial detention on 23 May accused of ‘publicly promoting drug use’ in his lyrics, music videos and social media posts. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment if he is found guilty.

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Rapper, Ezhel, was remanded on pre-trial detention on 23 May accused of ‘publicly promoting drug use’ in his lyrics, music videos and social media posts. He faces up to 10 years imprisonment if he is found guilty.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Ensure that Sercan İpekcioğlu (Ezhel) is released immediately and unconditionally as he has been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression, and that any ongoing investigations in relation to his legitimate artistic expression and social media posts are closed;
  • Fully respect and protect the peaceful exercise of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey.

Contact these two officials by 13 July, 2018:

Minister of Justice
Abdülhamit Gül
Ministry of Justice
Adalet Bakanlığı
06659 Ankara
Turkey
Fax: +90 (0) 312 419 33 70
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @abdulhamitgul
Salutation: Dear Minister

Ambassador Serdar Kiliç, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey
2525 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008
Phone: 1 202 612 6700 OR 202 612 6701
Fax: 1 202 612 6744
Email: [email protected]
Contact Form: http://washington.emb.mfa.gov.tr/Mission/Contact
Twitter: @SerdarKilic9
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 107.18
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