LRWC urged Turkey to release woman lawyers Saral, Hendekci and Cinkara

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Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada send a letter to the Minister of Justice of Turkey with respect to lawyers Esra Uymaz Saral, Ozge Elif Hendekci and Büşra Erdal Cinkara, all of whom are women lawyers who have been imprisoned, and urged Turkey to release them immediately.

Esra Uymaz Saral is pregnant; Ozge Elif Hendekci and Büşra Erdal Cinkara are imprisoned with their infants. All of them face health challenges as a result of their imprisonment.
LRWC underlined that imprisonment of lawyers Uymaz, Hendekci and Cinkara were unlawful under the International Covenant on Civil and opinions of The UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. 

LRWC emphasised that detentions of the two infant children of Ozge Elif Hendekci and Busra Erdal Cinkara constituted a grave violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).


LRWC urged the Government of Turkey to:

  1. Immediately and unconditionally release from imprisonment lawyers Esra Uymaz Saral,Ozge Elif Hendekci and Busra Erdal Cinkara with the two children;
  2. Immediately release from imprisonment all other pregnant women and women (and theirchildren) who have children under the age of six years;
  3. Put an end to the practice of imprisoning pregnant women and women with infant children;
  4. Put an end to the practice of charging Turkish citizens with criminal offenses based simply on their use or possession of the ByLock application; and
  5. Ensure in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments.

To read the letter: LRWC Re Esra Uymaz Saral et al 20.01.21.F

Categories: International Advocacy, Unjust / Wrongful Convictions

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