By Fotis Filippou, Amnesty International’s Director of Campaigns for Europe
To be forgotten. People who have been wrongfully imprisoned say the fear of being forgotten is one of their biggest worries in prison.
The chilling fear that eventually, nobody will care about what happens to them. A creeping anxiety that they will languish in captivity, while the world outside slowly forgets their very existence.
Such thoughts have also slipped through the mind of Amnesty Turkey’s Honorary Chair, Taner Kılıç. This 6th of June, the human rights lawyer has been deprived of his freedom for a whole year, although he’s done nothing wrong.
But throughout this ordeal, he has gained strength from the support of people all over the world: “Even if an imprisoned person may fall in the illusion that he would be forgotten even by his closest ones -like “forgotten prisoners”- my situation has been the opposite in fact.
In addition to my family and friends, I’ve become known in and watched by the world thanks to Amnesty International.”