House of Commons
Human rights defenders in Turkey
EDM #158
Tabled 11 February 2020
2019-21 Session
That this House is extremely concerned about the ongoing crackdown on civil society and essential freedoms in Turkey, specifically the prosecution of human rights defenders including Osman Kavala and the so-called Büyükada group of 11 activists including the honorary chair, ex-director and several members of Amnesty International Turkey as well as women’s rights and equality advocates; fears that some of Turkey's most prominent human rights defenders could be convicted despite no evidence of any wrongdoing; further notes that the allegations of links to an alleged terrorist group against the group of 11 human rights defenders have been proven baseless; and calls for their wholesale acquittal at the conclusion of their trial on 19 February.