The judicial authorities of the Caglayan Court in Istanbul validated the arrests of six of the 10 human rights activists, including Idil Eser, Director of Amnesty International Turkey.
They were stopped by the police two weeks ago on Buyukada Island, not far from downtown Istanbul, during a workshop dedicated to online security, organized by Amnesty.
The prison doors were opened for Ozlem Dalkiran (Helsinki Citizens Assembly), Idil Eser, Gunal Kursun and Veli Acu (Human Rights Agenda Association) and for Ali Garawi and Peter Steudtner, the two foreign workshop facilitators.
On the other hand, Nalan Erkem (Helsinki Citizens Assembly), Ilknur Ustun (Women’s Coalition), Nejat Tastan (Association for Monitoring Equal Rights) and Seyhmus Ozbekli (Rights Initiative) were released on bail and must present themselves daily to the authorities. The investigation into their activities is ongoing.