The İstanbul Governor’s Office has refused to allow an investigation into two police officers who, as bodyguards of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, reportedly tortured a lawyer in İstanbul in April after complaints from the lawyer that the presidential motorcade was… Read More ›
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.
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.’
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 ›
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.
Between 13-27 February, 14 lawyers were taken into custody, 3 lawyers were arrested, 2 lawyers were convicted and a lawyer was subjected to torture.
6 lawyers were arrested in Erzurum.
5 lawyers were sentenced range to 3 and 12 years.
A lawyer was subjected torture under police custody.
As it was reported by People’s Law Office, on 30th October, lawyer Engin Gokoglu was beaten and subjected torture by corrections officers in the Tekirdag Prisonhouse. …
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.
Human rights defender and lawyer Nalan Erkem who was arrested along with other 7 human rights defenders within scope of sham investigation in Istanbul, had a gastric bleeding in Silivri Prison. Whilst she suffers of life-threatening gastric bleeding, she was… Read More ›
Lawyer Barkin Timtik who was taken into custody on 5th of August 2017, was referred to Istanbul Courthouse, today. She and other 42 peaceful protestors were taken into custody while a peaceful action to support the hunger strike of Nuriye Gulmen… Read More ›
.. they put a loaded gun against my head and said they would now kill me and made me say the “shahada.*” Police stripped my clothes and then threatened me to rape with baton Today, we publish the second torture… Read More ›