The Arrested Lawyers Initiative made submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review for Turkey, The submission titled ‘Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers (2016-2019) | Unjust Arrests and Convictions’ covers
- mass arbitrary prosecution of lawyers,
- violation of Turkish lawyers’ the freedom of association,
- unlawful intervention to independence of Turkish Bar Associations,
- unlawful restrictions on admission to the profession of lawyer,
- Turkish Government’s abuse of Anti-Terror Laws,
- misinterpretation of in flagrante delicto.
The submission concludes that Turkish Government’s ongoing crackdown against lawyers breaches
- Arts. 58-61 of the Code of Lawyers which aims to ensure their independence and to provide a protection and guarantee for lawyers against acts of judicialharassment,
- the right to liberty and security and the freedom of association of lawyers,
- Paras 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role ofLawyers,
- Art 36 of the Constitution and Art 14 ICCPR,
- Art 135 of the Constitution and Para 24 of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
The submission further concludes Turkish Government’s ongoing unlawful praxis
- abolishes safeguards against torture,
- constitutes illegal obstacle the right to access to justice and the right to legal counsel.
Download submission: THE ALI_UPR35_TUR_E
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative also made contribution to a joint Stakeholder Submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review for Turkey. made by international coalition of legal organisations consists of the Law Society of England & Wales, Bar Human Rights Committee, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute; Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales; Conseil National des Barreaux; European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights; Lawyers for Lawyers; Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada; Norwegian Bar Association, Human Rights Committee; International Observatory of Endangered Lawyers; Paris Bar, Human Rights Institute; German Bar Association, Human Rights Committee; Geneva Bar Association, Human Rights Commission; Abogacía Española – Consejo General; and UIA – International Association of Lawyers.