Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Topic: Helin Bölek

“All Helin wanted was to sing her songs freely” – Turkish state accused of murder

“All Helin wanted to do was to sing her songs freely. AKP fascism is responsible for her death,” Grup Yorum said in a statement.

Helin was denied most basic liberties necessary to a free and democratic society: PEN America

PEN America mourns the death of Turkish singer Helin Bölek, who died Friday after a nearly 300-day hunger strike. She was a member of the music collective Grup Yorum, which has faced ongoing persecution by the Turkish government for years. Bölek had been on a hunger strike to protest her imprisonment and that of eight other band members during 2019.