Turkey: Kurdish PEN member Hasip Yanlıç held on terror charges

Teacher, journalist and author Hasip Yanlıç has been a member of our sister centre Kurdish PEN since 2013, playing an active role in their events and conferences. Last month, Yanlıç was arrested at his home in Diyarbakir and on 6 July was charged with ‘aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation without being a member’.

PEN fears that Hasip Yanlıç is being targeted for his writings and outspoken stance on linguistic rights and Kurdish education. We call on the Turkish authorities to release him and many others detained in Turkey in violation of their right to freedom of expression immediately and unconditionally.

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Send a message of support

Send letters or postcards directly to Hasip Yanlıç. Please share photos of your messages on social media with the hashtags #PENgreetings and #FreeTurkeyMedia

Hasip Yanlıç,
Diyarbakır D Tipi Yüksek Güvenlikli Kapalı Ceza İnfaz Kurumu
Üçkuyu Mahallesi, 21010 Yenişehir/Diyarbakır

Spread the word

Share information about Hasip Yanlıç on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

Write to the authorities

Please send appeals to the Turkish authorities:

  • Calling for the immediate release of Hasip Yanlıç;
  • Calling for all detained writers and journalists to be released if they are not to be charged with a criminal offence and tried promptly in accordance with international fair trial standards;
  • Calling on them not to use the state of emergency to crack down on peaceful dissent, civil society, media and education;
  • Calling for end of the crackdown in the Kurdish regions and for a peaceful solutionto the ongoing conflict.

Please send appeals to:

Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül
Milli Müdafaa Caddesi No: 22
06659, Kızılay
Ankara, Turkey
Fax: +90 312 419 33 70
Email: abdulhamit.gul@tbmm.gov.tr; ozelkalem@adalet.gov.tr

Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım
Çankaya Mah. Ziaur Rahman
Cad. Çankaya / Ankara
Tel: (+90 312) 403 50 00
Fax: (+90 312) 422 10 00

Copies to:

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi
06560 Beştepe-Ankara
Tel : (+90 312) 525 55 55
Fax : (+90 312) 525 58 31
Email: contact@tccb.gov.tr
Email: receptayyip.Erdoğan@basbakanlik.gov.tr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RecepTayyipErdoğan
Twitter: @RT_Erdoğan

Please copy your appeals to the Embassy of Turkey in your country. A list of embassies can be found here.


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