Turkey Has Extended the Imprisonment of Philanthropist and Art Patron Osman Kavala, Inflaming International Human Rights Bodies

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A court in Turkey has decided to keep philanthropist and art patron Osman Kavala behind bars despite a warning from the European Council—the 47-member bloc that upholds human rights—that it would start proceedings against the country if he was not released. Kavala has been in prison without conviction for more than four years, accused of a selection of charges he has denied, which stem from funding anti-government protests in 2013 to organizing an attempted coup in 2016 for which hundreds of people were jailed.

“Turkey’s justifications for refusing to free Osman Kavala from prison have run out of steam,” Nils Muižnieks, Amnesty International’s Europe director, wrote in an open letter. Ambassadors from several nations including the U.S. and Germany have called for Kavala’s immediate release in line with a European court of human rights ruling in…

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