International PEN Melbourne Centre
WRITE to Selahattin Demirtaş, a writer in prison
Throughout the year PEN Melbourne members and friends write to persecuted writers in prison around the world.
We send our best wishes, and our hopes that they are staying well and in good spirits.
We do this in the spirit of solidarity and to let them know that they are not alone and not forgotten.
We try by this means to allow a light into their lives in prison.
The letters are not political, but a gesture of friendship and a way of connecting across the cultural divides.
Send a letter to show solidarity with prominent Kurdish politician and writer Selahattin Demirtaş.
Writer and opposition politician Selahattin Demirtaş turned 48 on Saturday 10 April – the fifth birthday he has spent behind bars and away from his loved ones.
Demirtaş has been held in pre-trial detention for over four years, on dubious terrorism charges. The European Court of Human Rights twice ruled for his release, to no avail.
It is time that Turkey abides by its obligations under international law and release Demirtaş once and for all.
Former co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtaş was arrested on 4 November 2016 on dubious terrorism charges. The Turkish authorities have so far failed to implement a landmark ruling of the European Court of Human Rights issued in November 2018, which found his detention to be politically motivated and ordered his immediate release – a call reiterated by the Court’s Grand Chamber in December 2020.
PEN International calls for his immediate and unconditional release.
Please send messages of solidarity to:
Mr Selahattin Demirtaş
Edirne F Tipi CİK B1-38
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