Today in Crackdown

Mass Arrests of Lawyers Continues in Turkey

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.

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.