Good News: All 11 Members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council Released


On January 30, 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association’s Central Council were detained after the Association released a statement calling for the immediate end to the Turkish military’s incursion into Afrin province in Syria. President Erdogan accused the 11 detained doctors of treason, but the head of the Medical Association defended the statement, saying “We acted as we always do as doctors. We have focused on human life and health. We will continue to act as doctors in every setting we are in. We do not accept the charges,” according to Hurriyet Daily News. Amnesty issued an urgent action in the wake of their detention. Three of those detained were released on February 2 and the remaining 8 were released on February 5, though they are still officially under investigation. Amnesty sincerely thanks all our members who sent appeals to the Turkish government on behalf of the detained members of the Turkish Medical Association. If you wish to join Amnesty USA’s Turkey Regional Action Network, and receive alerts about Urgent Actions like the one sent out on behalf of the Turkish Medical Association, please contact us via the TURKRAN Facebook page.

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