Turkey has announced that ten ambassadors are "persona non grata."

The government of Turkey has announced that ten ambassadors are "persona non grata."

After calling for the release of Osman Kavala, ten ambassadors — including those from Germany and the United States — are now one step away from expulsion.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Saturday that ten foreign ambassadors who petitioned for the release of Turkish dissident Osman Kavala will be declared "persona non grata."

The status is a diplomatic term that signifies the beginning of an expulsion process.


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What does this position indicate?

Mr. Erdogan did not clarify whether his order meant that the diplomats, who he accused of "indecency," would be forced to depart the country.

"I've instructed our foreign minister to immediately declare these ten ambassadors as persona non grata," he added.

"They must depart here the day they no longer comprehend Turkey," he said. On Tuesday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the envoys for what it termed an "irresponsible" statement.

The envoys had issued a highly unusual joint statement in which they demanded the case of imprisoned civil society leader be resolved as soon as possible.

The ambassadors concerned are the US, German, Canadian, Danish, Finnish, French, Dutch, New Zealand, Norwegian, and Swedish envoys to Turkey.


Osman Kavala

Kavala, a businessman, and philanthropist has been detained in Turkey for four years without being convicted, despite the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) urging his release.

He was detained in late 2017 and faced charges for financing the Gezi Park demonstrations in 2013 and taking part in a failed coup in 2016, which he denies. Kavala is known for his efforts to encourage cultural diversity and minority rights, as well as his support of the arts. The president has accused him of being the "Turkish leg" of billionaire US philanthropist George Soros, who he claims has been behind numerous uprisings in several nations.


The last warning to Ankara

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Kavala's rights had been violated, demanding his immediate release. The court found that Kavala's arrest was motivated by political considerations, with no credible evidence to back up the claims. However, the court's decision has yet to be implemented by Turkish authorities. The ECHR's judgment is not yet final, according to officials from Ankara.

The Council of Europe on September 17 issued Turkey a formal warning to release a 64-year-old businessman. If Kavala was not released by the end of November, the court said infringement processes against Ankara would begin.