Amnesty International Urgent Call for Action


Amnesty International has published an urgent call for action about Circassian activist Kuban Kural, who has received death threats. The letter, which was prepared by Amnesty International can be sent to authorities in Turkey, including the Minister of Justice,  Governor of Istanbul and District Attorney of Küçükçekmece, using the form given in the link. Internationa


Dear Minister,

I have learned from Amnesty International’s UA 175/12 numbered report that Turkish activist and journalist Enes Kuban Kural received death threats. After a series of threats and intimidation against him since April, he received a death threat on 15 May while making his way home from his offices in Istanbul. As a member of the Kafkasya Forumu (Caucases Forum), Enes Kuban Kural has been actively campaigning against the 2014 Winter Olympics in being held in Sochi, south-western Russia. He believes the threats are in connection with his campaigning activities.

Enes Kuban Kural told Amnesty International that he first noticed he was being followed in April. Within two weeks he spotted the same two individuals following him. They attempted to intimidate him by keeping the inner light on in the car, and by prolonged and disturbing eye contact. On 15 May he was thrown a note containing a death threat from a passing car. Two days after receiving the note, on 17 May, Enes Kuban Kural went to the Public Prosecutor’s office in Küçükçekmece, Istanbul and made a criminal complaint regarding the intimidation and threats to his safety. The authorities are yet to respond, and Enes Kuban Kural feels unsafe. On 15 June Enes Kuban Kural requested that he be provided with a bodyguard for protection. He told Amnesty International that the decision on the provision of protection was currently pending at the office of the Governor of Istanbul.

I am concerned for the safety of Enes Kural and I call upon you to start a prompt, thorough, impartial and independent investigation into the death threats. I demand that you provide immediate protection for him in the form of a bodyguard, as he has requested.

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