09/17/2018

Urgent Action Update: Students Released but Still Facing Charges (Turkey: UA 131.18)


An Ankara court has ordered the release on bail of four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey. They had been detained for more than a month for ‘insulting the President’ over a banner displaying a caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They face up to four years in prison if found guilty. The first hearing of the trial will be held on 22 October.

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An Ankara court has ordered the release on bail of four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey. They had been detained for more than a month for ‘insulting the President’ over a banner displaying a caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They face up to four years in prison if found guilty. The first hearing of the trial will be held on 22 October.

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

  • Ensure that all charges against the students are dropped;
  • Repeal Articles 299 (‘insulting the president’) and 125 (‘criminal defamation’) of the Turkish Penal Code which unfairly restrict the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under international human rights law;
  • Ensure full respect and protection of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey.

Contact these two officials by 15 October, 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 @TurkishEmbassy
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 131.18
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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