The Arrested Lawyers Initiative published a report as to the relentless crackdown against Turkish lawyers and the right to defence in Turkey
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 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. …
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
The COE and The ECtHR bought Erdogan extra-time to continue the persecution that causes a humanitarian crisis.
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
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 ›
14 Presidents or Former Presidents of Provincial Bar Associations were detained or arrested in Turkey.
There has been a relentless campaign of arrests which has targeted 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 the political… Read More ›