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Drop Charges against Turkish HRDs

Erol Önderoğlu, Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin detained since 20 June

Reporters Without Borders’ Representative in Turkey, Erol Önderoğlu, and two others human rights defenders Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Ahmet Nesin,  face up to 14 years in prison for taking part in a solidarity campaign with the Kurdish daily newspaper Özgür Gündem. The defenders were arrested on 20 June 2016 and charged with terrorist propaganda for taking part in the campaign and acting as guest editors for the newspaper.

Their trial is due to start on Tuesday 8 November in Istanbul.

Join the campaign, launched by Reporters Without Borders, urging Turkish authorities to drop charges against the defenders.

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About the HRDs

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Erol Önderoglu is a correspondent of the human rights organisation Reporters Without Borders in Turkey and the Editor of Bianet, a Turkish website that covers political, social and cultural affairs with special attention to human rights and freedoms.

Sebnem Korur Fincanci is a human rights defender and the President of the Human Rights Foundation of Turkey since 2009.

Ahmet Nesin is a journalist, blogger and human rights defender advocating for the freedom of press.

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