07/16/2018

Urgent Action: STUDENTS DETAINED FOR INSULTING THE PRESIDENT (Turkey: UA 131.18)


Four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey have been detained over a banner containing caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The students could face up to four years in prison for ‘insulting the president’.

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Four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey have been detained over a banner containing caricatures of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The students could face up to four years in prison for ‘insulting the president’.

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

  • Release the four students immediately and unconditionally and drop all charges against them;
  • Repeal Articles 299 (‘insulting the president’) and 125 (‘criminal defamation’) of the Turkish Penal Code;
  • Ensure full respect and protection of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey.

Contact these two officials by 27 August, 2018:
Minister of Justice
Abdulhamit Gül     

Ministry of Justice
Adalet Bakanlığı
06659 Ankara
Turkey
Fax: +90 (0) 312 419 33 70
Email: [email protected]
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
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