Turkey released on bail eight human rights activists on bail on the very day the European Parliament proposed reducing EU accession funds.
Turkey expects €217 million in support for reforms, infrastructure, and agriculture in 2018, which the European Parliament wants to slash by € 80 million euros as a reaction to human rights violations.
Among the activists released on Wednesday was Peter Steudtner, a German national, held since July 5 and deprived on consular assistance. The activists were arrested during a human rights workshop in the island of Buyukada near Istanbul. The Turkish director of Amnesty International Taner Kilic remains in prison.
The activists are accused of supporting or being members of outlawed organizations, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the far-left DHKP-C, and the Gulen movement. Their defendants have dismissed the accusations as absurd.
Turkey has imprisoned over 50,000 people since the July 15, 2016, attempted coup and sacked over 150,000 public officers, officers, diplomats, academics, teachers, and even journalists.