Torture

The police officer who broke two vertebral bones of lawyer Zeycan Balci will be on trial on Monday, 9th December

The police officer, Murat A, who, on 30 March 2016, broke two vertebral bones of lawyer Zeycan Balci by repeatedly kicking her spine will be on trial on Monday, 9th December. Victim lawyer made a call and asked for the solidarity of all lawyers and human rights groups to hold those responsible for this brutal act accountable.  “I want to face him. I haven’t had my kids in my arms for three years (due to my disability). If I am abandoned the defendant can acquit.” she said.  

After a three-year legal struggle, police officer Murat A has been charged with exceeding the limit on the authority to use force, willful and malicious injury and will be on trial tomorrow in the Istanbul-Caglayan Courthouse.

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.

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.