TURKEY: A judge bails eight human rights activists

After more than three months, a Turkish judge has finally ordered the release on bail of eight human rights activists, who were accused of terrorism. Among those in charge, İdil Eser, the head of Amnesty International in Turkey.

During the trial in Istanbul’s judicial palace, dozens of people protested outside the crowded courthouse, holding banners bearing images of the activists and the hashtag #FreeRightsDefenders.

The decision means that 10 out of the 11 human rights activists who were detained in the case, have been already released on bail. Taner Kılıç, Amnesty’s Turkey chairman, will remain in detention as he is on trial in a separate case in the city of İzmir.

Amnesty international said the human rights activists were detained amid an on-going state of emergency ordered by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. The detainees could have faced up to 15 years in prison if found guilty, but fortunately, they have been released on Wednesday.

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