Unjust / Wrongful Convictions

Report update: Mass Prosecution of Lawyers in Turkey (2016-2020)

According to report, since 2016’s coup attempt, there has been a relentless campaign of arrests which has targeted fellow lawyers across the country. As of February 2020, more than 1500 lawyers have been prosecuted and 605 lawyers arrested (remanded to pretrial detention). So far, 345 lawyers have been sentenced to 2158 years in prison on the grounds of membership of an armed terrorism organization or of spreading terrorist propaganda.

Turkish Bar Associations call for resignation of the members of the Council of Judges and Prosecutors

On 21 February 2020, thirty bar associations called for the resignation of the members of the Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) over its systematic intervention into the judicial process and (re)detention of individuals even before or just after their release. The latest instance was replacing three judges and initiating an investigation against them who acquitted Osman Kavala and others in conformity with the judgment of European Court of Human Rights.