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Nurcan Baysal’s next hearing scheduled

Status: 
On trial
About the situation

On 16 October 2018, the second hearing of Nurcan Baysal was held in Diyarbakır’s 7th Criminal Court of First Instance. She is facing up to three years in prison for “provoking the people to hatred and enmity.” The next hearing is scheduled for 14 February 2018.

About Nurcan Baysal

Nurcan BaysalNurcan Baysal is a Kurdish human rights defender and journalist from Diyarbakır, in the Kurdish region of Turkey. In 2018, she won the Front Line Defenders Award for the Human Rights Defenders at Risk. She was found guilty of demeaning the Turkish security forces in an article that she wrote in 2016, criticising the Turkish military operation in the Kurdish town of Cizre. Sentenced to a 10 month jail term, she was released on the condition that she would not repeat the offence within five years.

6 November 2018
Nurcan Baysal’s next hearing scheduled for February 2019

On 16 October 2018, the second hearing of Nurcan Baysal was held in Diyarbakır’s 7th Criminal Court of First Instance. She is facing up to three years in prison for “provoking the people to hatred and enmity.” In her defence, the human rights defender stated that “I, as a citizen, only criticised the government’s policies in Afrin out of my concern for public interest, the future of this country and the future in which people will live together in solidarity (…) I consider the accusation of ”inciting people to hatred and enmity” an insult and I do not accept it.” The next hearing is scheduled for 14 February 2018.

Nurcan Baysal is a Kurdish human rights defender and journalist from Diyarbakır, in the Kurdish region of Turkey. In 2018, she won the Front Line Defenders Award for the Human Rights Defenders at Risk. She was found guilty of demeaning the Turkish security forces in an article that she wrote in 2016, criticising the Turkish military operation in the Kurdish town of Cizre. Sentenced to a 10 month jail term, she was released on the condition that she would not repeat the offence within five years.

On 22 January 2018, Nurcan Baysal was taken into custody after police broke into her house knocking down her door. She was held in the Anti-Terror Branch for three days and released after she was questioned by the Prosecutor’s Office for her anti-war tweets during Turkey’s military offensive in Afrin, Syria. In the indictment prepared on 14 February 2018 by the Prosecutor’s Office in Diyarbakır, she was charged with “inciting people to hatred and enmity”. Her five anti-war tweets criticising Turkey’s military offensive were presented as evidence in the indictment.