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REPUBLIC OF TURKEY:
STUDENTS RELEASED BUT STILL FACING CHARGES

Update info:
11 Sep 2018 (Updated)
Latest info:
1 Aug 2018
Country:
REPUBLIC OF TURKEY
Subject:
Two males, two females.
Period:
15 Oct 2018
Distribution date:
11 Sep 2018
UA No:
131/2018

An Ankara court has ordered the release on bail of four students from the Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) in Turkey. They had been detained for more than a month for ‘insulting the President’ over a banner displaying a caricature of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. They face up to four years in prison if found guilty. 

On 10 August, the four Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) students, detained in early July for 'insulting the president', were released on bail after a successful legal challenge from their lawyers. While the students have been released, the charges against them have not been dropped. The first hearing in the case is due to be held on 22 October.

The students were held in police custody for several days after displaying a banner containing a caricature of President Erdoğan during a students’ parade that took place on 6 July at the university’s annual graduation ceremony. On 3 August, the Ankara Criminal Court of First Instance accepted an indictment against the students. The students were charged with ‘insulting the President’. Their prosecution was approved by the Minister of Justice.

Take action

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

  • Ensure that all charges against the students are dropped;
  • Repeal Articles 299 (‘insulting the president’) and 125 (‘criminal defamation’) of the Turkish Penal Code which unfairly restrict the right to freedom of expression as guaranteed under international human rights law;
  • Ensure full respect and protection of the right to freedom of expression in Turkey.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 15 OCTOBER 2018 TO:
Minister of Justice
Abdulhamit Gül
Ministry of Justice
Adalet Bakanlığı
06659 Ankara
Turkey
Fax: +90 (0) 312 419 33 70
Email: ozelkalem@adalet.gov.tr
Salutation: Dear Minister

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.