A Turkish court that had ruled for the release of 17 lawyers, most of whom have been imprisoned since September 2017 on accusations of “membership in an armed terrorist organization,” has decided to arrest 12 of them again due to… Read More ›
Today in Crackdown
According to our survey there is a steady increase in the use of anti-terrorism law on individuals by public prosecutors. So, while 8,324 people were indicted under Article 314 of the TPC in 2013, 146,718 people were indicted under the same article in 2017. Statistics highlight that Turkey has indicted 221,366 people with the charges of being member or leader of an armed terrorist organization within last five years.
Statistics also indicate that, in 2017, Turkish prosecutors have opened investigations against 527.154 individuals on suspicion of the crimes against the Constitutional order.
Turkish Interior Minister Soylu defames Diyarbakır Bar Association in Southeast as terror affiliated
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu claimed that all non-governmental organisations and Diyarbakır Bar associations in the country’s southeast are affiliated with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), during an interview he gave to Turkey’s state-run TRT Haber. Assessing the developments… Read More ›
Denizli 3rd High Assize Court convicted thirteen (13) lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation and sentenced them to ranging from two to ten and half years. By this latest decision to convict, numbers of Turkish lawyers so far have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since 15th July 2016 raised to 138.
Denizli 2nd High Assize Court convicted eight lawyers of the membership to the armed terrorist organisation. Numbers of Turkish lawyers so far have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since 15th July 2016 raised to 125.
Urgent Action Call: Stop arbitrary arrest and denial of medical treatment in prison for terminally ill Lawyer Mustafa Aydin.
On the occasion of Lawyers Day in Turkey, we urge the Turkish Government to take steps to ensure that all jailed lawyers are immediately released and the charges against them dropped, to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of lawyers in Turkey, as well as their ability to perform their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation, or harassment.
Our Statement as to aggravated life sentence given to the journalists Altan, Ilıcak, Yazıcı and Ozsengul
Today’s conviction (aggravated life sentence) by Istanbul Court regarding renowned Turkish journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Nazlı Ilıcak, Fevzi Yazıcı, Tugrul Ozsengul is appalling and shameful. The decision made it clear again that there are not separate executive branches, judiciary… Read More ›
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative has launched a campaign via change.org entitled “It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!” Only in last 24 hours 1647 people supported the campaign. It is high time for the… Read More ›
Lawyers Engin Cinmen, Figen Albuga Çalıkuşu, Ferat Çağıl and Melike Polat who represent jailed journalists Mehmet Altan and Sahin Alpay issued a statement regarding non-implementation of the Turkish Constitutional Court’s decisions order release of their clients. In the statement, the lawyers… Read More ›
Istanbul’s 26th and 13th High Criminal Courts have refused to comply with the order of Turkey’s Constitutional Court for the release of jailed veteran journalists Şahin Alpay and Mehmet Altan on Thursday evening, according to a report by Turkish media.
Six woman lawyers were arrested on 14 November after 6-day police custody in Erzurum with the charge to be the member of the armed terrorist organization. A lawyer was released with probation.
As of today (15th November), 562 lawyers have been arrested and 1435 lawyers are under prosecution, 62 lawyers were sentenced to long imprisonment.
Lawyer Selcuk Kozagacli who is the president of CHD-Progressive Lawyers Association that was shut down with an emergency decree was arrested in Istanbul after 5-day police custody.
Mr. Kozagacli became the 556th arrested Turkish lawyers since the last year’s controversial coup attempt.
As of the moment 17 Turkish lawyers are under police custody in four different provinces.
Eight lawyers have been under police custody since 1st of November in Kastamonu, and a lawyer has been under police custody since 2nd of November in Batman.
Today, seven woman lawyers were detained in the province of Erzurum and also lawyer Selcuk Kozagacli who is the president of Progressive Lawyers Association that is shut down with an emergency decree was detained in Istanbul.