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Not much gets done in one day on the Hill, let alone in one congressional session, but Kanter was there to help introduce several pieces of legislation. First was the Turkey Human Rights Promotion Act in the Senate, demanding the release of unfairly detained journalists and supporting organizations working to free prisoners of conscience. “It is amazing. We are literally making a law in America,” Kanter tells The Athletic. “I mean, that’s huge. And I met with a lot of congressmen and senators and stuff. They all got my back and that gives me so much hope, you know?”
Kanter has resisted hiring a security detail, but after consulting with the Celtics and the FBI, he acknowledges it is a prudent choice now. While he still feels generally safe in America and is applying for citizenship, which he expects to receive in 2021, those around him see a celebrity activist who is uniquely putting himself on the line. “I certainly don’t know another story where someone’s taken a position like this and put his personal safety at risk,” says Moulton. “The last time that Erdogan was here, his thuggish bodyguards were beating people up. And so I mean that, that I’m concerned for his safety. I think with Erdogan, yes, he should be concerned about that. Absolutely.”
Turkish NBA player Enes Kanter, a vocal critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, teamed up with two Democratic U.S. senators on Tuesday as they introduced a bill to condemn the alleged violation of human rights in Turkey. As Erdogan arrived in the United States for a White House meeting on Wednesday with U.S. President Donald Trump, Senators Edward Markey and Ron Wyden held up Kanter as a victim of the Turkish government’s targeting of political rivals.