Selava Omar – Xeber24.net – “Agencies”
The European Union today Saturday expressed grave concern over the imprisonment of four human rights defenders in Turkey.
The European Union said, in a statement, that “Turkey urgently needs to show concrete progress in respecting the rule of law and fundamental freedoms.”
Where on Friday, a Turkish court sentenced 4 human rights defenders, including two former Amnesty International officials in Turkey, to prison for “terrorist” activities.
“Taner Kılıç”, the former head of Amnesty in Turkey, was sentenced to six years and three months in prison for “belonging to a terrorist group”, the organization said.
While the court sentenced the organization’s former director, “Idel Essar”, to two years and a month in prison for “assisting a terrorist organization”, while seven accused, including a German and a Swedish, were acquitted, according to the organization.
In a statement before the “Caglayan” Court in Istanbul, where the trial is taking place, Amnesty International called for the release of the eleven suspects.
And the Turkish authorities allowed a limited number of observers to attend the trial, on the pretext of the measures imposed to combat the Corona epidemic, and many international observers and journalists were forced to remain outside the courtroom.