FEBRUARY 10, 2021 – The State Department released a statement calling on Turkey to immediately release Osman Kavala from detention. “The specious charges against Kavala, his ongoing detention, and the continuing delays in the conclusion of his trial, including through the merger of cases against him, undermine respect for the rule of law and democracy.” declared the statement. “We urge Turkey to abide by the European Court of Human Rights’ rulings and ensure a just, transparent, and speedy resolution to the case in line with its domestic laws and international obligations.”
State Department also noted concern towards U.S. citizen Dr. Henri Barkey’s inclusion in unwarranted court proceedings. Believing the charges against Dr. Barkey to be baseless, and calling on Turkey to resolve his case in a just, transparent, and rapid manner.