Today, almost 9 months after her sad death, I want to tell you about a person who sacrificed her own life to defend human rights. We kids have to read about these facts that are life lessons. The person I want to tell you about was Ebru Timtik. She is an example of life: she died on August 27th, 2020, after 238 days of hunger strike. A Turkish lawyer and activist of Kurdish origin, she was committed to defend human rights. She was part of a group of 18 lawyers, members of various progressive and left-wing associations active in the defense of politically sensitive cases, arrested in September 2017 on charges of collaboration and links with the Revolutionary Front of the People’s Liberation, a left group considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government, the European Union and the United States.
In September 2018, Ebru Timtik was released by a judge’s decision, who had not confirmed the crime of terrorism. After a few hours, she was picked up and abandoned in a desert area. Back home, after a few hours the police had brought her back to prison, again accused of terrorism with eight other colleagues.
In March 2019 they were found guilty and sentenced to long prison terms, in particular she was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison. An appeal request was immediately made, presented in October of that year but was rejected, and also in July the Istanbul court refused to transfer her to hospital despite a medical report stating that her condition was critical. She was just asking for a fair trial! In January 2020, Ebru Timtik and his colleague Aytaç Ünsal were sentenced to 10 years and six months, went on a hunger strike to demand a fair trial. On April 5, lawyer’s day in Turkey, they declared that they would continue the hunger strike until her death. Unfortunately, on 27 August 2020 she died at the age of 42: we remember her as a great woman! Let’s try not to forget her sacrifice!