#FreeErol: Human rights group demonstrate outside Istanbul prison
June 26, Ankara: Many Turkish and international human rights groups took part in a demonstration outside Istanbul's Metris prison today to demand the immediate release of RSF's Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey president Sebnem Korur Fincanci and the writer Ahmet Nesin, who have been detained since June 20, 2016.
The participating organizations, which also called for the withdrawal of all the charges against the three detainees, included the Turkish journalists' union Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası (TGS), the Turkish Platform for Independent Journalism P24, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).
They also included the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), the International Press Institute (IPI), the European Judicial Network (EJN), Amnesty International, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), of which Önderoglu is a board member.
Erol Önderoglu and Ahmet Nesin are being held in Metris prison. Another demonstration will be staged at 4 p.m. today outside Bakirkoy women's prison, where Sebnem Korur Fincanci is being held.
In Paris, RSF and FIDH representatives demonstrated outside the Turkish embassy to press the same demands – the release of imprisoned journalists and respect for the right to provide news and information.
Both Önderoglu and Nesin released letters yesterday expressing their determination to continue defending their free speech rights.
The Oslo Times International News Network