Daily Archives: 21/07/2016

Turkey: L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger à Istanbul pour témoigner de son soutien aux avocats turcs poursuivis par les autorités pour avoir défendu leurs clients

le 20 juillet, 2016

L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger à Istanbul pour témoigner de son soutien aux avocats turcs poursuivis par les autorités pour avoir défendu leurs clients

Deux audiences d’une importance majeure ont eu lieu à Istanbul ce mois de juin 2016 et symbolisent l’inquiétante dérive du pouvoir turc à l’encontre des libertés fondamentales et de la démocratie. De nombreux avocats du monde entier se sont réunis pour assister à ces audiences et témoigner de leur solidarité avec leurs confrères turcs, parmi eux de nombreux avocats français. L’Observatoire international des avocats en danger était présent lors de ces deux audiences et demeurera mobilisé jusqu’à l’abandon des poursuites engagées contre ces avocats.

Ramazan Demir et Ayse Acinikli, maintenus en prison à l’issue de l’audience du 22 juin 2016

Le mercredi 22 juin 2016 s’est tenue la première audience du procès intenté contre 12 avocats turcs et 38 membres d’une organisation caritative, TUHAD-FED, qui fédère les associations de solidarité en aide aux familles des détenus condamnés. Il s’agissait d’une étape décisive dans une affaire qui a commencé le 16 mars 2016 à l’aube, lorsque les forces de l’ordre turques ont mené une vaste opération aux domiciles de 9 de ces avocats avant de procéder à leur arrestation, provoquant une vague de protestation internationale. Tous les avocats arrêtés le 16 mars appartenaient au groupe qui assurait la défense, dans le cadre du procès dit « KCK2 », de 46 autres avocats arrêtés pour leur part en 2011 et suspectés de « travailler pour, ou appartenir à, une organisation terroriste » parce qu’ils avaient participé à la défense du leader Kurde Abdullah Oçalan.


Turkey: Turkish Leader Issues a Nationwide Text Calling for Loyalty

July 21, 2016

The day after Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared a national state of emergency in the wake of a failed coup, an anxious nation awoke on Thursday to a text message from its leader, personally exhorting continued loyalty as the government moved against its enemies.

Urging his supporters to maintain their presence in public squares, where they have flocked each evening since the coup attempt failed, he wrote, “Do not abandon the heroic resistance you have put up for your country, homeland and flag.”

Even as Turkish officials were more broadly trying to assure the public on Thursday that individual freedoms would not be threatened by the state of emergency, Mr. Erdogan’s message to nationwide cellphone customers struck a more martial tone.

The concern is that Mr. Erdogan will target any and all opponents, not just those who are suspected of being followers of Mr. Gulen or of being linked to the coup.

On Thursday, many saw a strong signal that that was already happening, as a prominent and widely regarded human rights lawyer, Orhan Kemal Cengiz, was detained in Istanbul, outraging human rights activists. The exact reason for his detention was unclear, but Mr. Cengiz has been a longtime critic of Mr. Erdogan’s government.

“Orhan Kemal Cengiz is a respected human rights lawyer,” said Andrew Gardner, the Turkey researcher for Amnesty International. “He’s a columnist, and a lot of his work is about human rights issues.”

UN chief should protest Turkish arrest of journalist who addressed UN



UN chief should protest Turkish arrest of journalist who addressed UN

Click to access cv%20-%20orhan%20kemal%20cengiz.pdf



http://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/europe/putsch-manque-erdogan-doit-choisir-entre-democratie-et-autoritarisme_1814727.html (FRENCH)

https://www.amnesty.ch/fr/pays/europe-asie-centrale/turquie/docs/letat-durgence-ne-doit-pas-faire-reculer-les-droits-humains (FRENCH)

http://www.telemetro.com/internacionales/multitud-corta-acceso-militar-turca_0_937406408.html (SPANISH)

http://mondotivu.info/2016/07/21/176310-turchia-sospendiamo-convenzione-ue-dei-diritti-umani.html (ITALIAN)

http://www.ilsole24ore.com/art/mondo/2016-07-21/la-turchia-sospende-convenzione-europea-diritti-umani–150520.shtml?uuid=AD3Mo2v (ITALIAN)

http://www.nzz.ch/international/europa/10-fragen-zum-putsch-in-der-tuerkei-eine-tuerkische-kulturrevolution-ld.106939 (GERMAN)

http://www.ksml.fi/ulkomaat/Turkin-hallitus-hankki-ty%C3%B6rauhan-puhdistuksille/804302 (FINNISH)

Turkey: Solidarieta agli avvocati di Turchia



Turkey: Avukat Orhan Kemal Cengiz ve eşi Sibel Hürtaş gözaltına alındı


Gazeteci ve avukat Orhan Kemal Cengiz ve eşi Sibel Hürtaş, Atatürk Havalimanı’nda gözaltına alındı.

Gözaltı kararını Sibel Hürtaş ve Cengiz Twitter hesaplarından duyurdu. Hürtaş, “Eşim Orhan Kemal Cengiz’le birlikte gözaltındayız” diye yazdı. Cengiz de Twitter’dan gözaltına alındığına dair tweetleri retweet yaptı.

Orhan Kemal Cengiz, 2011-2014 yılları arasında Radikal gazetesinde köşe yazıları kaleme aldı. Cengiz son olarak, darbe girişimi sonrası kâğıt baskıya veda etme kararı alan Özgür Düşünce gazetesinde yazıyordu.





http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2016/07/21/news/turchia_sospesa_convezione_europea_diritti_umani_arrestato_giornalista_attivista-144562486/ (ITALIAN)

http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/articoli/ContentItem-50d45428-d8cf-4f46-b57d-30332c07c996.html (ITALIAN)

http://www.amnesty.nl/nieuwsportaal/nieuws/noodtoestand-in-turkije-dreigt-mensenrechten-terug-te-dringen (DUTCH)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/07/turkey-state-of-emergency-must-not-roll-back-human-rights/ (ENGLISH “This morning respected human rights lawyer and journalist Orhan Kemal Cengiz was detained in Istanbul and taken to the city’s police headquarters.”)

(Lawyer Orhan Kemal Cengiz was arrested in Turkey today)

Malaysia: Don’t Undercut Independence of the Bar

July 19, 2016

Human Rights Watch

The Malaysian government should stop trying to muzzle the outspoken Malaysian Bar, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The government’s proposed amendments to the Legal Profession Act, which are expected to be submitted to parliament in October 2016, would interfere with the bar’s self-regulation and independence.

Then-President of the Bar Council of Malaysia Christopher Leong speaks at a rally calling for the repeal of the Sedition Act in Kuala Lumpur on October 16, 2014.

(Then-President of the Malaysian Bar Christopher Leong speaks at a rally calling for the repeal of the Sedition Act in Kuala Lumpur on October 16, 2014. © 2014 Reuters)

“The Malaysian government’s blatant attempt to silence the country’s bar shows little concern for the immense damage this will do to the rule of law in the country,” said Phil Robertson. “The government should drop its proposed amendments so the bar remains free to choose its own leaders, act without improper government interference, and speak out on legal issues.”

Human Rights Watch said that the proposed amendments are contrary to international human rights principles and called on the government to withdraw them.


Endangered Lawyers launches twitter account

July 21, 2016

The Gambia: Verdict Due In Detained Opposition Leader’s Case

July 20, 2016

Lawyer Darboe and his supporters being led away in handcuffs

A high court judge in Banjul is today expected to deliver a ruling in the case involving Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) and over a dozen of his supporters who are being tried for taking part in an ‘unathorised’ anti-government protest.

Mr Darboe and his supporters who are currently held at Mile Two Central Prisons, are slapped with multiple criminal offences including conspiring to commit felony, unlawful assembly, riot, incitement of violence, riotously interfering with traffic, holding a procession without a license and disobeying an order to disperse from an unlawful procession.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The opposition members were arrested in April after they took to the street to demand justice for their party’s organising secretary, Solo Sandeng, who was arrested two days earlier and killed in detention.




Turkey: Turquie : «Ce juge est venu au travail et a été arrêté sur place»

le 20 juillet, 2016

Devant le tribunal d’Istanbul, dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi. A bord des cars, des soldats suspectés d’avoir pris part au coup d’Etat manqué.

Les procès de magistrats au palais de justice d’Istanbul témoignent de la purge générale décidée par le président Erdogan après le putsch raté de vendredi.

Le monstre de verre est devenu un monument d’opacité. Dans l’immense palais de justice de Çaglayan, à Istanbul, il est impossible de parler de la répression qui s’est abattue sur la Turquie après le coup d’Etat manqué de vendredi. C’est pourtant ici que sont entendus des centaines de soldats qui ont participé à la tentative de putsch, mais aussi les magistrats turcs qui ont immédiatement été suspendus de leurs fonctions. Ils sont suspectés d’appartenir à un «Etat parallèle»clandestin, orchestré par le grand rival du président Erdogan, Fethullah Gülen (lire page 11), prédicateur islamique septuagénaire exilé aux Etats-Unis.

Dans le bâtiment, les couloirs de marbre et les ascenseurs transparents reflètent des visages fermés : les fonctionnaires roulent des yeux, effrayés à la seule idée d’évoquer la purge en cours. Les avocats affichent une grimace embarrassée et les familles des soldats, reconnaissables à leur mise modeste dans ce lieu rutilant, redoutent d’être aperçues en compagnie d’un étranger. La police a instauré un cordon de sécurité à l’extérieur du palais de justice. A l’intérieur, des agents en civil évacuent fermement toute personne qui oserait s’approcher des lieux où sont auditionnés les accusés. Même la salle de presse est morne : «Personne ne vous parlera, c’est la Turquie», s’amuse un journaliste turc.



Turkey: 11 lawyers charged with involvement in coup attempt arrested

July 21, 2016

Operations conducted by the police officers in Izmir due to the attempted military coup by the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ) have arrested 11 lawyers.
According to the Turkish media, the lawyers were detained during searches of 25 addresses. They are assumed to be involved in FETÖ.
The report said that during the searches in their apartments and workplaces, documents of the organization and various programs were seized.
14 more lawyers, who were decided to detain, are wanted.


Turkey: ICJ urges for respect of the rule of law during state of emergency

Turkey: ICJ condemns purge of judiciary

Turkey: Une première rafle d’avocats à Izmir

le 21 juillet, 2016


Eren Sarak, Mehmet Arif Demir, Fatih Hakan Güvenç, Haldun Sonyürek, Mehmet Öztürk, Mehmet Temel, Muzaffer Uzlaş, Birol Delikkaya, Berkant Ayok, Muhammed Işık , İsmail Sarı

Arrêtés dans la nuit à Izmir

14 autres avocats, qui n’ont pas pu être arrêtés , sont recherchés.