MP Mustafa Yeneroglu, former chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission, presented Turkey’s ‘report card’ on justice and the rule of law at the start of the new judicial year.
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A joint report of Urfa Bar and two NGOs has unveiled deeply disturbing conditions, including rights violations, cases of torture, and health-related complaints among prisoners.
Recently, lawyer Nesimi Yalçınoğlu died, becoming yet another victim of the Turkish judiciary, which has been weaponised by the Erdogan government to rule by fear.
The case of lawyer Erol Altintas has highlighted the worrying practice of Turkish courts of using perfectly legal activities as grounds for criminal conviction, as well as ignoring relevant rulings by the European Court of Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee, raising doubts about the fairness and independence of the country’s legal system.
The Ankara Appeal Court will soon hear the case of lawyers who have previously been sentenced to a total of 150 years and served part of their respective sentences. If the appeal is dismissed, they will be facing spending another 3 to 6 years in prison.
On the fourth anniversary of the Halfeti torture incident, lawyer Gökhan Dayık wrote about the incident and the continuing state of impunity.