06 June 2017 21:48

Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey detained

The Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kılıç, detained in İzmir.


Taner Kılıç, the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, detained along with 22 other lawyers in İzmir on suspicion of having links with the Fethullah Gülen movement.

Responding to this news, Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said:

“The fact that Turkey’s post-coup purge has now dragged the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey into its web is further proof of just how far it has gone and just how arbitrary it has become. Taner Kılıç has a long and distinguished record of defending exactly the kind of freedoms that the Turkish authorities are now intent on trampling. 

In the absence of credible and admissible evidence of their involvement in internationally recognized crimes, we are calling on the Turkish authorities to immediately release Taner Kılıç along with the other 22 lawyers, and drop all charges against them.”


Taner Kılıç has served on the board of Amnesty International Turkey for various periods since 2002 and has been Chair since 2014. During his decades of work for human rights organisations in Turkey he has consistently demonstrated an unswerving commitment to human rights.

Kılıç was detained from his house in İzmir at 6.30 this morning before being taken to his office. Both properties were searched. He is currently in police custody in Yeşilyurt district of İzmir.

The detention order refers to an investigation into suspected members of the "Fethullah Gülen Terrorist Organisation". It is currently unclear why Taner Kılıç is suspected of having these links. (EVRENSEL DAILY)