Defend Ferhat Tunç
First President İsmail Rüştü Cirit,
I, along with the undersigned artists and defenders of artistic freedom, call on the Turkish government to immediately drop all charges against musician Ferhat Tunç.
Mr Tunç has been sentenced to one year, 11 months and 12 days for one of three cases against him and is set to face two more trials for messages shared on social media that could see him serving 13 years in prison combined. He denies the charges and I stand with him.
For over 10 years, the musician has faced numerous charges and harassment from Turkish authorities, which has been in violation of international human rights laws that the country has signed on to. I ask that you and other authorities respect those legal agreements and put an end to targeting Mr Tunç.
Thank you for your attention to this urgent matter. Sincerely,
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