The Arrested Lawyers Initiative made submission to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review for Turkey, The submission titled ‘Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers (2016-2019) | Unjust Arrests and Convictions’ covers mass arbitrary prosecution of lawyers, violation of Turkish lawyers’ the… Read More ›
Four lawyers work in People’s Law Office in Istanbul were detained with a police raid on 20 July 2019. Lawyers Aysegul Cagatay, Nadide Ozdemir, Görkem Agdede and Ebru Timtik who are the members of Istanbul Bar Association have been arrested… Read More ›
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative updated its new report entitled “Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | Unjust Arrests and Convictions (2016-2018).”
According to the report, 1546 Turkish lawyers have been prosecuted and 594 lawyers have been arrested since 2016 July. And so far, 216 Turkish lawyers have been sentenced to 1361 years in prison by the first instance courts under article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code.
The Open Dialog Foundation published a report that examines cases of harassment and attacks on lawyers and attorneys.
In the report entitled ‘Defence for Defenders’, cases of lawyers Fevzi Kayacan, Cemalettin Ozer and Mehmet Guzel who are former presidents of Konya, Erzincan and Erzurum Bar Associations were presented. Data and reports that compiled and published by The Arrested Lawyers Initiative quoted in the report.
Six Bar Associations and human rights groups reported persecution of Turkish lawyers at UN Human Rights Council
The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee, the Union Internationale des Avocats, Lawyers for Lawyers, and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada made a joint oral statement regarding persecution of Turkish lawyers at United Nations 38th Human Rights Council after Diego García-Sayán presented -UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers- his annual report.
24 Turkish lawyers were sentenced in 2018 May. By this latest decisions to convict, numbers of Turkish lawyers so far have been convicted of terrorism-related offences since 15th July 2016 raised to 141.
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative published a new report entitled “Incarceration of Turkish Lawyers | En Masse Arrests and Convictions (2016-2018).” According to the report, 1539 Turkish lawyers have been prosecuted and 580 lawyers have been arrested since 2016 July. And so far, 103 Turkish lawyers have been sentenced to long imprisonment by the first instance courts under article 314 of the Turkish Penal Code.
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.
As of 25th September, number of lawyers under criminal prosecution raised to 1385; 538 of them have been arrested.
Between 11th and 17th of September, 22 lawyers were taken into custody in Ankara, Istanbul, Diyarbakir and Antalya within scope of 3 separate police operation. As of 17th September 2017, 524 lawyers have been arrested (since 15th July 2016) and 1347 lawyers are under prosecution.
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.
As of 5th September 2017, 524 lawyers have been arrested and 1323 lawyers are under prosecution since 2016 July
According to a news published by Cumhuriyet Daily, today; The Turkish Ministry of Justice issued an order for prohibition of all opposing lawyers. Pursuant to the order sent to all provincial public prosecutors, lawyers who are themselves under criminal investigation are… 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 ›