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Amnesty International responds to arrest warrant for human rights workers: Absurdity levels increasing

According to a story on Diken, Amnesty International reacted to the renewed warrant to arrest four members who had previously been taken into custody on Büyükada and released under judicial supervision, similar to parole.

Ten human rights workers had been taken in on July 5 and then released to the courts days later.

While six of the human rights workers were arrested, four were released under parole. Later, a new warrant called for the arrest of these four names, and two were taken into custody.

Organization’s Response

In his written response, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe reacted to the decision“With this cruel and retrograde step, Turkey has underlined its growing reputation as an indiscriminate jailer of civil society activists and a stranger to the rule of law. These four people should never have been detained in the first place. Having already endured twelve days behind bars, they are forced to relive the ordeal yet again. Instead of dropping the baseless investigation, the Turkish authorities have raised their absurdity to fresh heights.”

İdil Eser, Amnesty International’s Director of Turkey, is also among the six arrested.

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