Torture

Suspicions and concerns continue about the four victims of enforced disappearance as the Ankara Court has decided to remand them

Özgür Kaya, Erkan Irmak, Yasin Ugan and Salim Zeybek who had been missing since February 2019, unexpectedly turned out in police custody on 29th of July.

Despite Ankara Provincial Security Directorate (Police) claims that  the persons in question were detained in front of Ankara Police HQ during a routine police control, experts who have been closely following their disappearance believe that  the detention of the victims has been staged so as to disguise  Turkish Intel’s involvement in their disappearence.

Report on criminal liabilities with regard to torture incident took place in Ankara Police Headquarters between 20 and 31 May 2019.

This report includes a summary of the report published by the Ankara Bar Association as well as domestic and international legal framework concerning torture and a consolidated list of state officials who are suspected to have ordered, facilitated, carried out concealed the torturing of former Turkish diplomats at Ankara Police HQ.

UN Committee against Torture blasts Turkey over wide-spread torture, and institutional negligence on investigating torture incidents

Within its periodic review procedure, the UN Committee against Torture blasts Turkey over wide-spread torture, and institutional negligence on investigating torture incidents.  The Committee addressed more than hundred questions to be answered by the Turkish Government. The Committee reiterated its request from… Read More ›

Seven respected international organisations address a joint statement to the United Nation on the mass arrests of Turkish lawyers, judges & prosecutors

In the joint statement, The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute and seven co-sponsoring organisations raise concerns over the widespread use of torture and other ill-treatment in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey, the lack of effective investigations, and the on-going reports of torture. Organisations also share their concern over the widespread and systematic arbitrary arrest and detention of judges and lawyers in Turkey.  

18 lawyers were taken into custody in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakır (updated)

Lawyers Didem Ünsal, Aytaç Ünsal, Ahmet Mandacı, Yağmur Ereren, Barkın Timtik, Ebru Timtik, Şükriye Erden, Engin Gökoğlu, Ezgi Çakır, Süleyman Gökten, Ozgur Yılmaz, Oya Aslan, Ayşegül Çağatay, Behiç Aşçı, Aycan Çiçek, Günay Dağ, Zehra Özdemir, Özgür Yılmaz who are the members of People’s Law Office (Halkın Hukuk Bürosu) and Umut Law Office were taken into custody with police raid this morning (12/9/2017). With this last wave of crackdown against lawyers, number of lawyers under criminal prosecution raised to 1343; 524 of them have been arrested.