On 24 April 2017, War Resisters' International joined a group of international organisations to observe the second hearing of Serdar Küni, a doctor and veteran human rights defender from Turkey imprisoned last October. The charges against Dr. Küni were based on allegations that he provided medical treatment to individuals who were said to belong to a terrorist organisation during the clashes in Cizre between 2015 and 2016. The court sentenced him to four years, two months despite the lack of any concrete evidence, as reported by the international delegation of observers including Andreas Speck from WRI. The delegation members, who issued a statement following the court, said “the trial proceedings ignored the most basic of international fair trial standards, and failed to take into account the arbitrary nature of the charges against Dr. Küni.”
Read the statement on Dr. Küni's trial here.