Turkey ar­rests ac­tivists

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

IS­TAN­BUL: A Turk­ish court or­dered the ar­rest of Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s Turkey director and five other hu­man rights work­ers in a sign of what rights ad­vo­cates say is the govern­ment’s grow­ing in­tol­er­ance of crit­i­cal voices.

The Amnesty director, Idil Eser, was de­tained along with nine other hu­man rights ad­vo­cates this month dur­ing a raid on a ho­tel where the group was at­tend­ing a work­shop.

The for­mal charges were not avail­able, but Amnesty said the rights work­ers had been held on the “un­founded sus­pi­cion of ‘com­mit­ting crime in the name of ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion with­out be­ing a mem­ber”.

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