The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secretly investigated the family members of lawyers who were perceived to be critical of the regime including their spouses and children. The targeting of family members of critical lawyers and human rights… Read More ›
Situation in Turkey
Diego García-Sayán who is the United Nation Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers penned a column for the El Pais titled ‘Aniversarios: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo.’ Mr Garcia-Sayan criticized the European Court of Human Rights approach on Turkey’s Inquiry Commission on State of Emergency Measures.
#Turkey #Solidarity to #Defend the #Defenders 590 #Turkish #lawyers have been #arrested. 1546 lawyers have been subjected to #prosecution. Since July of 2016, 182 lawyers have been #sentenced. 34 #CSO of lawyers #dissolved
Presidential Decree No:5 of which name is Presidential Decree as to the State Inspection Institution regulates (article 1) that Turkish Presidency has authority to inspect Bar Associations, Professional Organizations, Trade Unions, Chambers of Commerce, Employer and Employee Unions, Association and Foundations. Moreover, any senior inspector of the D.D.K. would be able to suspend the chairperson, and the board members of the aforementioned entities should the inspector decides that it is necessary for the soundness of the inspection or the public weal.
So far, in Turkey, 162 lawyers have been sentenced of terrorism related accusations, and mainly of being the member of an armed terrorist organization. Twenty one of those who have been sentenced are member of the Istanbul Bar Association. Istanbul Public Prosecutorial Office has been prosecuting 503 lawyers, of those 147 have been arrested and so far at-least twenty one members of Istanbul Bar Association have been convicted.