A world famous political cartoonist and free speech activist Aseem Trivedi has launched a “cartoon campaign” for raising awareness on jailed human righst defenders in Turkey. Indian cartoonist and human rights activist Triverdi has published 10 cartoons in the “Black & White – Online Cartoon Magazine for Human Rights” to attract attention to the oppressive Erdoğan regime’s massive violations of human rights in Turkey and give support to the campaign for the release of human rights defenders in Turkey.
On 5 July 2017, eight human rights defenders, along with two consultants, were detained on Büyükada Island, off the coast of İstanbul in Turkey. Nalan Erkem, Şeyhmuz Özbekli, Özlem Dalkıran, İdil Eser, Veli Acu, Günal Kurşun, İlknur Üstun and Nejat Tastan were all detained as they attended a workshop. Two consultants, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner, were also detained.
On 18 July 2017, human rights defenders were charged with “aiding an armed terrorist organisation.” Six of them including Özlem Dalkıran, İdil Eser, Veli Acu, Günal Kurşun, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner are being kept in pre-trial detention while Nalan Erkem, Şeyhmuz Özbekli, İlknur Üstün, Nejat Taştan have been released but are under a travel ban and other judicial restrictions. Ozlem Dalkıran and İdil Eser are being held in Bakırköy Prison, Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner in Maltepe Prison and Veli Acu and Günal Kurşun in Metris Prison of İstanbul.
July 19, 2017