Germany, Sweden protest to Turkey over jailing of human rights activists

Germany's foreign ministry says they have made a joint protest with Sweden to Turkey about the jailing of two human rights activists.

Published: 26th July 2017 10:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th July 2017 10:13 PM   |  A+A-

Magdalena Freudenschuss, left, partner of Peter Steudtner and Laressa Dickey, wife of Swedish activist Ali Gharavi talk prior to an interview with the Associated Press in Berlin (File | AP)

By PTI

BERLIN: Germany's foreign ministry says they have made a joint protest with Sweden to Turkey about the jailing of two human rights activists, demanding that the men be told what exactly they are accused of.

Peter Steudtner of Germany and Ali Gharavi of Sweden were arrested July 5. They were among six activists jailed last week for allegedly aiding an unspecified armed terrorist group.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said that Germany and Sweden today jointly complained to the Turkish government, saying the two governments don't understand why the men were jailed and "expect that they at least now be told in substantiated terms what they are accused of."

Schaefer also sharply criticised Turkish media for publishing extracts from the questioning of Steudtner.
 

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