On the third anniversary of 2016’s coup attempt, Celal Uzunkaya who is general director of the Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (National Police) admits that 540,000 individuals have been detained on grounds of their alleged cohesion or connection with the Gulen Movement / Structure which is outlawed by the Turkish Government after the coup attempt.
Today in Crackdown
The @ArrestedLawyers Initiative published a factsheet titled Enforced Disappearances and Turkey. To download the factsheet as a pdf document click here.
Top bureaucrat of the Minister of Justice who has affiliation with extremist groups was appointed to the Constitutional Court
Turkish Judiciary’s the highest ranking bureaucrat, Selahattin Menteş who is undersecretary of the Justice Minister and former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures has been appointed to the Turkish Constitutionalists Court.
Mr. Mentes is a controversial name because of his affiliation with extremist cleric Nurettin Yildiz and lunatic hate-speech giver Kadir Misirlioglu.
Another controversial aspect of this appointment is that Mr Mentes is the former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures. During his term he signed thousands of decisions dismissing appeals of those who were purged under Emergency Decrees. Mr Mentes, as a Constitutional Court judge, will now have authority to consider appeals lodged against his own decisions.
By today’s appointment, the number of the members of the Constitutional Court who have been appointed by Erdogan has increased to seven out 17.
Four lawyers work in People’s Law Office in Istanbul were detained with a police raid on 20 July 2019. Lawyers Aysegul Cagatay, Nadide Ozdemir, Görkem Agdede and Ebru Timtik who are the members of Istanbul Bar Association have been arrested… Read More ›
According to our survey there is a steady increase in the use of anti-terrorism law on individuals by public prosecutors. In 2017 and 2018, public prosecutors have indicted more than 300.000 individuals under 309-316 of Turkish Penal Code which stipulate crimes against the Constitutional Order.
Words of the Turkish lawyer who was subjected to torture in Ankara:
‘They removed my clothes 2 times. The department manager said such things as if I would make him dishonor me with a baton.’
Trabzon High Penal Court sentenced four lawyers including the former president of Trabzon Bar Association under Article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code which stipulates membership to an armed organisation. Lawyers Orhan Ongoz, Hüseyin Yılmaz, Selman Bitiş, Mustafa Öngün who… Read More ›
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security guards detained and beat an Istanbul lawyer for insulting the president after questioning blocked traffic at the site of a wedding ceremony attended by Erdoğan, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday. The incident took place… Read More ›
Statement on the occasion of the Lawyers Day in Turkey
According to the report, 1546 Turkish lawyers have been prosecuted and 599 lawyers have been arrested since 2016 July. And so far, 297 Turkish lawyers have been sentenced to 1879 years in prison by the first instance courts under article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code.
Ankara 22nd Heavy Penal Court sentences 22 lawyers to some 150 years in prison. Lawyers who were detained on 3rd and 26th of August 2016, were convicted under Article 314§2 of the Turkish Penal Code which criminalizes membership to an armed terrorist organization.
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 ›
Speaker of the Turkish Parliament assaults the Appeal Commission for reinstating ten dismissed staff
Turkish Parliament Speaker’s recent undue interference in the appeal process is seen by many as the final nail in the Commission’s long diminishing respectability.
18 lawyers were sentenced to some 160 years in prison by Istanbul 37th Assize Court under Article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code which stipulates the armed terrorist organization. So far, Turkey have sentenced 248 lawyers to 1603 years in prison.