Eight leading human rights activist are arrested in Turkey by the Turkish police. This includes Amnesty International’s Turkey director Idil Eser in Istanbul.
Two trainers — from Germany and Sweden — were also arrested in the raid on a digital security workshop run by Amnesty at a hotel in Buyukada.
As per the statement from Amnesty, The police action “is a grotesque abuse of power and highlights the precarious situation facing human rights activists in the country”, said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
The seven rights activists arrested with Ms Eser on Wednesday evening were named as: Ilknur Ustun of Women’s Coalition; Gunal Kursun and Veli Acu of Human Rights Agenda Association; Nalan Erkem and Ozlem Dalkiran of Citizens Assembly; Nejat Tastan of Equal Rights Watch Association and lawyer Seyhmus Ozbekli.
Ever since the failed coup plot against the Turkish President, the Police have jailed more than 50,000 people across Turkey. The main opposition leader leads a “Justice March”, thousands of people have participated in the protest against the policies of the ruling government.
The police crack down continues and they are targeting human rights activist and opposition party members. The protestors are gaining momentum day by day in spite of the crack down by the authorities.