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REPUBLIC OF TURKEY:
TEN STUDENTS REMANDED FOR ANTI-WAR PROTEST

Update info:
21 Apr 2018 (Updated)
Latest info:
9 Apr 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
Subject:
Imprisoned students - Deniz Yılmaz (m), Yusuf Noyan Öztürk (m), Agah Suat Atay (m), Berke Aydoğan (m), Şükran Yaren Tuncer (f), Zülküf İbrahim Erkol (m), Esen Deniz Üstündağ (f), Sevde Öztürk (f), Kübra Sağır (f), Tevger Uzay Tulay (m). Students released
Period:
18 May 2018
Distribution date:
21 Apr 2018
UA No:
066/2018

Three separate Istanbul courts have remanded in prison a total of ten Boğaziçi University students, for ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organization’, and released seven others on bail. On 19 March, the students had peacefully protested Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, northern Syria. They must be immediately and unconditionally released. 

Between 22 March and 4 April, 17 students from Istanbul’s Boğaziçi University were taken into police custody, accused of ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organization’, for staging a peaceful protest on the university campus on 19 March, against Turkey’s military operation in Afrin, Syria. 

Up to 17 students appeared in front of three separate Istanbul Criminal Courts of Peace on 3 and 5 April. The prosecutor had requested that they be remanded in prison on the charge of ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organization’, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.

On 3 April, the Istanbul Criminal Court of Peace No.8 remanded four students in pre-trial detention ‘because camera images showed that their mouths were open in a manner indicating that they were shouting slogans. The Istanbul Criminal Court of Peace No.6, considering the cases of eight students, also remanded five students on the grounds that ‘they held banners and shouted slogans’. The two courts conditionally released the remaining six students on the grounds that photos indicated that, while they were present, they were not actively participating in the protest. Another criminal court of peace remanded one of two students detained on 3 and 4 April, and released the other on bail.

The ten remanded students have been identified as: Deniz Yılmaz, Yusuf Noyan Öztürk, Agah Suat Atay, Berke Aydoğan, Şükran Yaren Tuncer, Zülküf İbrahim Erkol, Esen Deniz Üstündağ, Sevde Öztürk, Kübra Sağır, and Tevger Uzay Tulay. 

In participating in the protest, the students exercised their rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, guaranteed under both domestic and international law.

Take action

Please write immediately in Turkish or your own language calling on the authorities to:

  • Immediately and unconditionally release the ten students held in pre-trial detention;
  • Ensure that no Boğaziçi University students face further investigation or prosecution for taking part in a peaceful protest;
  • Ensure that they are not subject to any administrative sanction and are able to continue their studies at university.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 18 MAY 2018 TO:
Minister of Justice
Mr. Abdülhamit Gül
Adalet Bakanlığı
06659 Ankara
Turkey
Tel: +90 (0312) 417 77 70
Fax: +90 (0312) 419 33 70
Email: ozelkalem@adalet.gov.tr
Salutation: Dear Minister

And copies to:
Minister of Interior
Süleyman Soylu
İçişleri Bakanlığı
Bakanlıklar
Ankara, Turkey
Twitter: @suleymansoylu
Fax: +90 312 418 1795
Salutation: Dear Minister

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. This is the first update of UA 66/18. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/8142/2018/en/

Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.