Urgent Action update: Court lifts travel bans on anti-war protesters
A Turkish court has lifted travel bans on 30 students facing terrorism-related charges for taking part in a peaceful protest on 19 March. The court rejected the students’ allegations of torture and other ill-treatment while they were in custody on the basis that ‘the incident did not take place in the presence of the court’. The students are still facing charges of ‘making propaganda for a terrorist organization’ and could face up to five years in prison if found guilty.
As all 30 students are free on bail, this case no longer requires urgent action. Amnesty International will however continue to closely follow developments and reopen the action if and when necessary.
Thank you to all those who sent appeals. No further action is requested from the UA network.
This is the third update of UA 66/18. Further information: www.amnesty.org/en/documents/eur44/8565/2018/en/