This important press release is published by Freedom House. Here is an excerpt:
In response to novelist and journalist Ahmet Altan’s release from detention on April 14, following a judgment in his favor from the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Freedom House issued the following statement:
“We welcome the decision of Turkey’s Court of Cassation to order Ahmet Altan’s release in line with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights,” said Marc Behrendt, director for Europe and Eurasia programs at Freedom House. “Altan, like so many other writers, scholars, activists, and journalists in Turkey, was detained simply for exercising his fundamental right to free expression. He should never have been arrested in the first place. We hope that this will mark a turning point for the Turkish judiciary in following the rulings of the ECtHR, as Turkey has obligated itself to do. It is time for the country’s courts to release other prominent political prisoners, including Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş, who remain in detention despite multiple ECtHR rulings ordering their release and determining that their rights have been violated.”
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