Since July 2017 our friend and colleague İdil Eser has been held in the highest security area of the highest security prison in Turkey.
İdil, the Director of Amnesty International Turkey, was detained along with nine others during a workshop in Istanbul. It came only a month after Amnesty International Turkey’s Chair, Taner Kılıç was detained. Currently eight imprisoned and two bailed defenders are facing an investigation on suspicion of aiding a terrorirst organisation, a ridiculous and baseless accusation. They have done nothing wrong.
İdil has written a letter from her prison cell after a massive global response demanding their release. It’s a message of thanks, hope and courage.
12 September 2017, Silivri Prison No. 9
I would like to thank the entire Amnesty International movement. I send my heartfelt thanks to the International Secretariat, the [Amnesty Turkey] board, campaigners, people who have supported us with their signatures, and especially my colleagues who continue their work with self-sacrifice.