Report

Factsheet: Turkish Constitutional Court

Stats are quite alarming both with regard to sheer volume of the cases considered and low percentage of the decisions establish a right violation. It is self-evident that a Court with 15 members cannot duly render 186.701 decisions within seven years, and a Court which dismisses 96% of the applications cannot be regarded as providing an effective remedy.

Since 2014, and increasingly after the attempted coup of 2016, the TCC has aligned with the AKP Government. Although, the TCC rarely delivers decisions upholding rights and freedoms, these decisions are perceived as strategical decisions to prevent the ECtHR from reversing its decision recognizing the TCC as an effective remedy.

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.

Factsheet: Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey

The fact sheet entitled “Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey” was prepared by a delegation of six Turkish lawyers including four The Arrested Lawyers Initiative members, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, and The Law Society of England and Wales.