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Canadian Unionist Jailed in Turkey

CUPE 4600 member Cihan Erdal has been unjustly jailed in Turkey since September 2020. CUPE is pressing the Canadian government to support Cihan as he prepares for trial in May, and to work to get him released from jail and safely home to Canada.

The next few weeks are critical. We need to make Cihan’s case a top priority for the Turkish government, and demand action.

CUPE National President Mark Hancock and National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury have sent a letter to Canadian foreign affairs minister Marc Garneau with three specific demands for action and reiterating CUPE’s call last fall for Canada to work on Cihan’s behalf. You can help by reminding the Ankara Prosecutor, Turkish Minister of Justice and the President of Turkey of their country's human rights obligations and encourage them to release Cihan and to allow him to return home.

Our solidarity will help get Cihan safely home.