Turkey will try six of 10 rights activists
ISTANBUL — A Turkish court on Tuesday jailed Amnesty International’s Turkey director and five other human-rights activists pending trial over accusations they aided an armed terror group.
The detainees are the latest suspects in a government crackdown that initially targeted alleged supporters of last year’s failed coup but has since broadened to include government opponents.
In a decision that Amnesty International called a “crushing blow for rights in Turkey,” the court in Istanbul also decided to release four other activists from custody pending the outcome of a trial but barred them from traveling abroad. They also will have to report regularly to police.
The 10 — Amnesty’s Turkey director Idil Eser, seven human-rights defenders and their German and Swedish trainers — were detained in a July 5 police raid on a hotel on the island of Buyukada, off Istanbul, where they were attending a digital security workshop.