Turkish-Armenian rights activist detained over tweet about FM’s family

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Natali Avazyan

Arlet Natali Avazyan, a Turkish human rights activist of Armenian origin, was detained in İstanbul on Tuesday due to a family photo of Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu she posted on Twitter.

Avazyan posted the photo of the Çavuşoğlu family from what she said was the year 1988 with a message, saying that Çavuşoğlu’s father was known as the “thief, Kurdish Osman” at the time.

Avazyan’s detention came shortly after she announced on Monday that she had been summoned by the Turkish police for interrogation in a case filed against her for alleged terrorism links.

“I was just called by the law enforcement agency. I was called to be interrogated due to my tweets. If I am not checked into a hospital by my doctor tomorrow, I will go to the police for the interrogation. Until 864 imprisoned babies are set free, I will continue my tweets,” Avazyan tweeted.

In the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016 in Turkey, more than 17,000 women from all walks of life including teachers, doctors and housewives have been jailed in Turkey on coup charges in government-led operations. There are currently more than 800 children accompanying their mothers in Turkish jails.

Avazyan is known for her critical stance against the Turkish government and frequently tweets about the individuals who have been subjected to rights violations as well as the children in jail with their mothers.

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