DETENTIONS IN SEVEN CITIES
‘Who will be left to defend the human rights?’
ISTANBUL (DIHA) – 20.1.2013 – The assertion giving of about 100 people including lawyers, artists, journalists and human rights activists, who were detained yesterday in the operations made in 7 cities, is going on. While the reacts to the custodies are going on, Amnesty International made a written explanation in relation with the detainments.
Police raids in several Turkish cities have resulted in the arrest of about 100 people inluding 15 human rights lawyers from the the Contemporary Lawyers’ Association. The assertion giving of about 100 people inluding lawyers, artists, journalists and human rights activists, who were detained yesterday in the operations made in 7 cities, is going on. While the reacts to the custodies are going on, Amnesty International made a written explanation in relation with the detainments. It is hard to ignore the increasingly grave human rights situation in Turkey, where, as part of a broader crackdown on leftists, Turkish police raided residences and offices last night, arresting scores of individuals, said Howard Eissenstat, Assistant Professor of History at St. Lawrence University, in Canton, NY as well as serving as a Country Specialist on Turkey for Amnesty International USA. Amnesty International notes that, among those detained, were fifteen “human rights lawyers known for defending individuals’ right to freedom of speech and victims of police violence.” Some of those arrested had previously voiced to Amnesty their fear of arrest due to their work defending those standing trial under Turkish anti-terrorism laws.
Andrew Gardner, Amnesty International’s researcher on Turkey, notes:
“The detention of prominent human rights lawyers and the apparent illegal search of their offices add to a pattern of prosecutions apparently cracking down on dissenting voices. Human rights lawyers have been just some of the victims in the widespread abuse of anti-terrorism laws in Turkey. The question to ask is: who will be left to defend the victims of alleged human rights violations?”