Joint Press Statement on the Büyükada Convictions


3 July 2020,

After the Hearing,

Çağlayan Courthouse, Istanbul


This lawsuit, which has nothing to do with laws and should have never been opened in the first place, is concluded with another unlawful decision. The court’s ruling based solely on trumped-up charges, all of which have already been refuted, is yet another stain on Turkey’s judicial history.

As we said before the hearing, we will not accept the conviction of even a single friend of ours. We will keep monitoring this case as it goes through the appeal process.

We will not stop fighting until justice is delivered for human rights defenders.


Amnesty International Turkey
Association of Lawyers for Freedom
Association for Monitoring Equal Rights
Citizens’ Assembly Turkey
Civic Space Studies Association
Civil Rights Defenders
Human Rights Association
Human Rights Agenda Association
Human Rights Foundation of Turkey
Initiative for Freedom of Expression
Kaos GL
Media and Law Studies Association
Punto24 Association for Independent Journalism
Research Institute on Turkey
The Rights Initiative Association
Truth Justice Memory Center
Turkish-German Forum of Culture
Women’s Coalition