In a major report this week, Amnesty International has outlined the wide range of legal tools that Turkish authorities have used to target political dissent and limit freedom of expression. Scholars, students, journalists, human rights activists, and thousands of others have been subject to prosecution and lengthy punishment under these statutes. But you can join us in working for real reform in Turkey!
Amnesty has noted that:
The most negative development in recent years has been the increasingly arbitrary use of anti-terrorism laws to prosecute legitimate activities including political speeches, critical writing, attendance of demonstrations and association with recognized political groups and organizations – in violation of the rights to freedom of expression, association and assembly.
The Time is now!
The Turkish government is currently considering a set of judicial reforms that it says will address these issues, but the truth is that the reforms currently envisioned are insufficient.
It is vital that we take action now to push the Turkish government to make the real reforms necessary to end its criminalization of dissent.
Take action! Your help is vital in calling attention to this issue.
Join our twitter action with suggested tweets like:
.@RT_Erdogan Dissenting opinion is not a crime. Protect the right to #freedomofexpression #Turkey #buyasaylaolmaz #yargıpaketi
.@RT_Erdogan Decriminalize dissent in #Turkey to express peaceful opinion is not a crime #buyasaylaolmaz #yargıpaketi #freedomofexpression
.@RT_Erdogan It is time for genuine #freedomofexpression reform in #Turkey #yargıpaketi #buyasaylaolmaz
Call on friends and family to help too! Collective action makes a difference!
Stay informed! Stay engaged!
This is a historic moment for Freedom of Expression in Turkey, and we need your help to make a difference. Follow our work on Facebook or at our blog and consider joining Amnesty International – USA’s Turkey Regional Action Network.
There is a lot of work to do, but we’re just getting started!