The European Union called for the release of 16 civil society representatives against who the Turkish court opened a trial, over their involvement in 2013 Gezi Park anti-government protests.
The EU stressed that use of prolonged pre-trial detention can undermine the principle of presumption of innocence and the right to a fair trial of the defendant.
"The EU will continue to closely monitor this case as well as trials against journalists, members of parliament, human rights defenders, lawyers ...
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