On 12 March 2020, an arrest warrant targeting thirteen lawyers was issued and several lawyers have been taken into custody in Turkey’s southeastern provinces of Diyarbakır and Urfa as part of an Urfa-based investigation. Most of the targeted lawyers are those who documented torture and ill-treatment incident took place in May of 2019 in Halfeti district of Sanliurfa province.
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Former president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association Ahmet Özmen and the members of the board Mahsum Bati, Nuşin Uysal Ekinci, Cihan Ülsen, Sertaç Buluttekin, Muhammet Neşet Girasun, Serhat Eren, İmran Gökdere, Velat Alan, Ahmet Dağ and Nahit Eren will be tried as per Article 301 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Ankara Bar Association filed a criminal complaint against prison guards who intimated and threatened two human rights lawyers
Lawyers Sercan Aran and Deniz Can Aydin who are the members of the Ankara Bar Association’s Prison Watch Commission were intimidated by Ankara Sincan Prison Administration and threatened by guards, where they went to meet with four inmates who were allegedly victims… Read More ›
Commissioner for HRs: Turkish Constitutional Court cannot be relied upon to remedy violations resulting from internet blocking
The Commissioner for Human Rights of the COE: as a result of the lack of compliance by lower courts with its case-law, the mismatch between its capacity and the number of blocking decisions routinely taken, and the undue delays it accumulated in dealing with these cases, the Constitutional Court cannot be relied upon to remedy violations resulting from internet blocking at present.
Between 1-30 November 2019, three lawyers were sentenced, six lawyers were detained and seventeen lawyers were subjected to investigations or interdiction orders which preventing them from representing certain individuals. As of 30 November 2019, the number of the lawyers who have been convicted in Turkey since 2016 is 334.