Join with Avaaz to help release Avaaz member Ozlem from Turkish jail


What’s happening?

Avaaz staff member, Ozlem, has been arrested in Turkey. She is being held without charges, along with 9 other people, after attending a meeting of human rights defenders. Ozlem and her friends are the latest victims of an ongoing crackdown by President Erdogan to silence his critics, who in just a year has locked up 50,000 people.

For years, Ozlem has worked so hard for a world where people can organise for peace, justice, and human rights without being sent to jail. She’s brought hundreds of Avaaz campaigns alive for Turkish Avaazers. Now she’s being held under threat of ridiculous armed terrorism charges! The closest Ozlem has been to any arms is the tear gas and the batons used AGAINST her in the countless times that she’s fought for justice.

Avaaz’s efforts

Avaaz empowers millions of people from all walks of life to take action on pressing global, regional and national issues, from corruption and poverty to conflict and climate change. The Avaaz community campaigns in 15 languages, served by a core team on 6 continents and thousands of volunteers. They take action — signing petitions, funding media campaigns and direct actions, emailing, calling and lobbying governments, and organizing “offline” protests and events — to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform the decisions that affect us all.

If we build a massive international petition and use the media to make Ozlem famous, she’ll be more trouble than she’s worth for a government in political crisis. Avaaz’s petition was just delivered to the EU foreign minister, but we need to keep the pressure up ahead of an upcoming EU summit with Turkey — so add your name urgently and let’s set Ozlem free!

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How you can help

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