Turkey (25 October 2017)

Trials are beginning today in Istanbul for Turkish Amnesty International leaders Taner Kiliç and Idil Eser as well as nine other human rights activists arrested in early July, including the German and Swedish nationals Peter Steudtner and Ali Gharavi.

The first court hearing in the trial of Taner Kiliç, who has also been charged in another case, opens tomorrow in Izmir.

France reiterates its deep concern and demands the swift release of activists still in detention. It underscores its commitment to the right to a fair trial and respect for the rights of the defense. Our consul-general in Istanbul will attend the trial today in Istanbul.

The work of NGOs such as Amnesty international is a vital component of any democratic society. Respect for human rights and fundamental liberties within the framework of the rule of law is crucial to the exercise of democracy. It is the cornerstone of Turkey’s European and international commitments. We convey this message during our discussions with Turkish authorities at all levels. Jean-Yves Le Drian notably emphasized it during his visit to Turkey on September 14-15.

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