Human Rights Commissioner Kofler shocked by the arrest of the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey

08.06.2017 - Press release

Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid, issued the following statement to RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (editions of 8 June 2017) on the arrest of the Chair of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International Turkey:

I am shocked by the arrest of Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey. Amnesty International’s work has played a key role in recent years in raising public awareness of problematic developments in Turkey, particularly as regards the rule of law.

Mr Kılıç is a human rights defender and lawyer, who has worked fearlessly to have human rights upheld in Turkey. His detention raises serious questions about the rule of law.

I expect the Turkish judiciary to conclude the investigative work rapidly and with the necessary impartiality.

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