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SLS at Hrant Dink FountationMember of the board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and former minister of Justice in Germany, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, visited Turkey only one month before the important referendum on the presidential system. During her 4-day stay, she had various meetings in Istanbul and Ankara with representatives of local partner organizations, academics, journalists and lawyers. Her main aim was to get information about the challenges local NGOs are faced under the state of emergency ruling in Turkey since the coup d’état on the 15th of July 2016. Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger also had chance to meet the Turkish author Aslı Erdoğan who was imprisoned for several months, and the lawyer of the German journalist Deniz Yücel, who is now under arrest. A meeting with Turkish and German journalists gave chance to get more background information on the constitutional amendments to be voted on the 16th of April and on the incidents in the Netherlands which took place only 36 hours before the meeting with the journalists. The Turkish-German relations and the Turkish-European refugee deal were the topics of the working lunch with the German ambassador in Turkey.SLS with the lawyer of Deniz Yücel

 SLS with Turkish and German JournalistsSLS with IKV Representatives