Several nations urge Turkey to release human rights defender Kavala

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Ankara, Oct 19 : The US embassy in Turkey on Tuesday released a joint statement with nine other western embassies calling on Ankara to release human rights defender Osman Kavala after four years under arrest.

The appeal was made by the embassies of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the United States.

Kavala’s continuous detention and delays in his trial despite a previous acquittal “cast a shadow over respect for democracy, the rule of law and transparency in the Turkish judiciary system,” the embassies said.

The ten ambassadors were summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry because of the statement, the Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday, citing diplomatic sources.

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