istanbul - Eleven human rights activists are in Istanbul on Wednesday after charges of terrorism. Among them is the director of the Turkish department of Amnesty International, a number of Turks, a German and a Swede. They can get custody for fifteen years for support and membership of a terrorist organization. The case has led to much criticism and concern from the West.
The people were arrested in July after following a digital security workshop near Istanbul, organized by the Dutch organization HIVOS. The activist locked up tensions between Ankara and the leaders of the European Union. The EU is afraid that Turkey under President Tayyip Erdogan goes further to an authoritarian regime.