Open Society Foundations Urge Turkey to End Legal Farce, Release Osman Kavala
NEW YORK—On November 1, 2020, Turkish human rights defender Osman Kavala marks his third year of imprisonment in an Istanbul jail, where he faces a series of false charges concocted by the government of President Recep Erdoğan. The Open Society Foundations join global human rights advocates in calling for Osman Kavala’s immediate release.
“Over the past three years,” said Open Society Foundations President Patrick Gaspard, “the Turkish government has used the persecution of businessman and philanthropist Osman Kavala to intimidate and silence human rights defenders and civil society groups across Turkey. Now, after a court acquittal on an initial set of bogus charges earlier this year, Kavala faces another equally absurd criminal indictment. The Open Society Foundations urge Turkey’s government to end this ugly legal farce now by freeing Osman Kavala, and to focus its energies instead on addressing the many real issues affecting the country’s peace and stability.”
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