Video message from AI to Turkey's Erdoğan: 'Do you remember us defending you?'

08.07.2017 18:55 BİRGÜN DAİLY

On Wednesday (July 5) last week, 10 human rights advocates, including the director of Amnesty International Turkey branch, were taken into custody in Turkey’s Büyükada of İstanbul while they were holding a training seminar.

In reaction, Secretary General of Amnesty International Salil Shetty released a statement on Thursday urging for the activists to be ‘immediately and unconditionally’ released.

“This is a grotesque abuse of power and highlights the precarious situation facing human rights activists in the country. Idil Eser and those detained with her, must be immediately and unconditionally released”, he said and added: “World leaders currently sitting in Hamburg have been remarkably tolerant of Turkey’s human rights meltdown. With President Erdoğan now in their midst, this would be a good time to speak out firmly and call for the release of all human rights defenders currently behind bars”, Shetty said.

On Friday, a video was released by Amnesty International to remind Erdoğan how the institution defended his rights back in 1998 when he had been jailed over citing a poem.