Update: On October 25, an Istanbul court ordered the release on bail of eight of the human rights defenders arrested in Istanbul and held in pre-trial detention. They continue to face criminal charges and their trial will resume in November. The court ruled that the accusations against Amnesty Chair Taner Kilic linked to the Istanbul 10 should be combined with the separate case against him being tried in Izmir. On October 26, an Izmir court ruled Taner Kilic should remain in pre-trial detention. The case continues.
(Istanbul) – Eleven human rights defenders go on trial in Istanbul on October 25, 2017, facing terrorism charges despite the absence of any credible evidence of criminal wrongdoing, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecution should ask for the defendants to be acquitted of all charges, including membership in terrorist organizations and for the nine people in pretrial detention to be released.