The Arrested Lawyers made submission to the United Nations on ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey

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. 


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