It has been reported that the chair of Amnesty International in Turkey and 10 other Amnesty activists have gone on trial in Istanbul in one of the most high-profile tests of Turkish criminal law since the failed coup in 2016 led to tens of thousands of arrests and dismissals from public office. Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty in Turkey since 2014, is on trial on two separate charges, largely on the basis of allegations that he downloaded a widely available phone messaging application called ByLock.
Eleven human rights activists including two senior Amnesty International employees have gone on trial in Istanbul on terrorism charges, in one of the most high-profile tests of Turkish criminal law since a failed coup in 2016.
Ten of the activists, including Amnesty’s Turkey director, İdil Eser, were arrested while attending a digital security training workshop in July.
(Reuters) – The European Union does not share Turkey’s view that the network of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen is a terrorist organization and would need to see “substantive” evidence to change its stance, the EU’s counter-terrorism coordinator said.
The comments by Gilles de Kerchove are likely to infuriate Ankara, which accuses Gulen of masterminding a failed military coup last year, in which more than 250 people were killed. Gulen has denied the charge and condemned the coup.
Red alarms went off for the pro-government media hours after a Turkish paper published a controversial interview with an owner of a messaging app that is at the heart of Turkey’s post-coup crackdown and which sent thousands of people to prisons across the country.
A Turkish court has ruled to remand journalist Aysenur Parildak in prison on charges of being “a member of an armed terrorist organization,” prolonging her already 15-month pre-trial arrest.
The 14th Ankara High Criminal decided on Thursday to keep Ms. Parildak in prison over the use of ByLock, an encrypted app, and rejected demand of lawyer for Ms. Parildak’s release, state-run Anadolu news agency said.