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.
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative published a new report entitled Extradition to Turkey: One-way Ticket to Torture and Unfair Trial. In the report that covers the situation in Turkey regarding the risks to be subjected torture and ill-treatment and to be… Read More ›
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.
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 ›
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided to consider Emine Özben’s application as urgent (whose husband Mustafa Özben (42), a Bar-registered lawyer and academic, was abducted on May 9, 2017 in Ankara) and asked statement from Turkish government. Eşim… 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 ›
New York based human rights organisation Human Rights Watch said today “Turkish authorities should urgently investigate the abduction and possible enforced disappearance of at least four men in Ankara since March 2017″ in a letter to Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul. Letter addressed… Read More ›
Since 15th July 2016, there has been a relentless campaign of arrests targeting fellow lawyers across the country. In 77 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, lawyers have been detained and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by… Read More ›
According to report called “Turkey’s Descent Into Arbitrariness The End Of Rule Of Law” by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) Turkish lawyers are powerless to stop torture. The section of the report titled “Lawyers Powerless to Stop Torture” is as follows:… Read More ›
Lawyer Tugay Bek was taken into custody in 12th of December 2016 in Adana, he faced ill-treatment during police custody and sued the police officers after he was released. With in the scope of investigation footage of ill-treatment was included… Read More ›
Today 8 lawyers who are members of Progressive Lawyers Association (which is also dissolved by state of emergency decree), were tormented and detained during a peaceful meeting in Ankara. Lawyer Ebru Timtik was detained and hancuffed (from her back) during… Read More ›