The human rights situation in Turkey continues to deteriorate. A group of prominent human rights defenders arrested in July are still in prison on false charges.
The Director of Amnesty International Turkey, Idil Eser, spent time in solitary confinement, and has not been able to meet with her family. These defenders must be released unconditionally, they must have our full support, and they must be given humane conditions while they’re in detention, such as family visits.
The Higher Representative and the Commission’s statements have not been strong enough on this. We need resolute action, and we need loud words. Can we have a clear commitment from the Commissioner and Ms. Mogherini right now to make sure these human rights defenders are set free?