Daily Archives: 18/05/2017

Turkey: Schedule of the trial of human rights lawyer Levent Pişkin

May 16, 2017

The Observatory has been informed about the schedule of the trial of Mr. Levent Pişkin, a human rights lawyers member of the Association of lawyers for Freedom (Ozgurlukcu Hukukcular Dernegi – OHD), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual and Intersexed (LGBTI) rights activist and member of the Justice Commission of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) [1].

According to the information received,on May 18, 2017, the first hearing on the merits in Mr. Levent Pişkin’s trial is schedule to take place before the 8th Heavy Penal Court in Bursa.

Following his arrest on November 14, 2016 and his provisional release two days later, on November 16, Mr. Levent Pişkin received an indictment in April, 2017, almost six months after his arrest. According to the indictment, Mr. Levent Pişkin was charged for fulfilling his duties as an attorney.The Bursa Chief Public Prosecutor Gökhan Şen indeed accused Mr. Pişkin of “using his attorney ID to visit his client Selahattin Demirtaş, who is currently jailed in Edirne Penitentiary, and accepting [his fellow attorney Cahit] Kırkazak’s proposal to deliver a message from Mr. Demirtaş to the German magazine Der Spiegel, in order to bring the arrest of Mr. Demirtaş to the international agenda and into lobbying efforts on the international stage”.

Specifically, the prosecution claimed that many stories published in Der Spiegel “contain insults to the Turkish state and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spread unfounded news that insults, teases and belittles the country, and pursues an editorial policy that stokes public opinion against the country in order to discredit the nation on the international stage”.

The indictment further refers to Mr. Levent Pişkin’s phone call with fellow attorney Cahit Kırkazak, who was taken into custody in the same investigation as him, as a “phone communication within the organisational hierarchy”, and Mr. Pişkin’s membership in a WhatsApp group named “HDPIstanbul” was also included in his list of crimes.

The Observatory deplores the continuing judicial harassment against Mr. Levent Pişkin, which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his human rights activities as an attorney.



Aujourd’hui, c’est notamment Ramazan Demir qui défendra Levent Pişkin. Les rôles sont inversés. Le combat est le même

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Turkey: Detention warrants issued for 25 including lawyers over ByLock use

May 18, 2017

Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for 25 individuals, 23 of whom are lawyers and three of whom are personnel at Union of Turkish Bar Associations, over their use of a smart phone application known as ByLock.

The detention warrants were issued by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office and 13 of the individuals were detained as of Thursday noon.

Turkish authorities believe ByLock is the top communication tool among the followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15.

Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt.



Morocco/France: Deux avocates parisiennes expulsées d’une salle d’audience au Maroc dans le cadre d’un procès sensible

le 18 mai, 2017

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Le barreau de Paris est profondément choqué par l’expulsion de la salle d’audience mardi 16 mai 2017 de deux avocates parisiennes Me Olfa OULED et Me Ingrid METTON dans le cadre du procès de Gdeim Izik au Maroc.

Me Olfa OULED et Me Ingrid METTON participaient au collectif de  défense d’une vingtaine de prisonniers sahraouis. Un procès particulièrement sensible au Maroc. En effet, selon l’Action des chrétiens contre la torture (ACAT France) les accusés auraient été arrêtés, torturés et condamnés à de lourdes peines sur la base d’aveux signés sous la torture en raison de leur participation au camp de protestation sahraoui de Gdeim Izik en 2010.

Lors de l’audience du 16 mai, les avocats de la défense marocains et Sahraouis ont annoncé la volonté des détenus de ne plus participer à ce procès et se sont retirés les uns après les autres après avoir adressé un dernier mot à la Cour.

La possibilité de s’exprimer n’a en revanche pas été donnée à nos consœurs parisiennes et leur retrait a été acté d’autorité par le Président qui face à leurs protestations a demandé leur évacuation de la salle par la force. Elles sont alors brutalement mises en dehors de la salle d’audience. Grâce à l’interposition du bâtonnier de Rabat, elles n’ont pas été expulsées du tribunal et les policiers ont cessé de s’en prendre à elles.

Le barreau de Paris regrette vivement qu’un tel incident ait pu survenir. Il rappelle conformément aux Principes de base des Nations Unies relatifs au rôle du barreau que les pouvoirs publics doivent veiller à ce que les avocats « puissent s’acquitter de toutes leurs fonctions professionnelles sans entrave, intimidation, harcèlement ni ingérence indue ».












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Turkey: Lawyers in Izmir physically assaulted while protesting in solidarity with academic Nuriye Gulmen and teacher Semih Özakça who are on a hunger strike



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India: Manipur bar association denies allegations by SC lawyer against CMs son

May 17, 2017

The All Manipur Bar Association (AMBA) has clarified that none of the lawyers practising under it in the state have been approached to appear on behalf of road rage victim, the late Irom Roger, by Supreme Court lawyer Utsav Singh Bains or the victim’s family.

Roger was allegedly shot dead by Nongthombam Ajay Meetei, son of chief minister N Biren Singh, in a road rage incident in the city in March 2011. Following a trial, a city court on January 20 this year sentenced Ajay to five years imprisonment and currently he is in jail.

Bains had alleged that he received threatening calls from militants asking him not to go ahead with the case. He claimed that lawyers at Manipur High court, when contacted, refused to appear on behalf of Roger’s family as they feared for their lives.


China: Son of Chinese Rights Lawyer Denied Access to Primary School After Torture Report

May 17, 2017

The son of Chinese rights lawyer Chen Jianguang (blurred image), who appears here alongside his mother Zou Shaomei in an undated photo, was denied access to primary school after his father made public allegations about the torture of his client and fellow lawyer Xie Yang.

Authorities in the Chinese capital have placed restrictions on the young son of a prominent human rights lawyer, preventing him from enrolling in primary school, his parents said on Wednesday.

Chen Jiangang, who helped to expose the torture of his client and fellow lawyer Xie Yang, said his eldest son has been prevented from enrolling in primary education—compulsory for all Chinese children—after the local police station put political pressure on the school.

Chen’s wife Zou Shaomei said she had been told about police contact with the school by one of the teachers.

“The teacher told me directly that the school principal had had a phone call from the local police station,” Zou said. “They didn’t want our son to go to this school.”

“It’s not clear whether this is coming from the local police station or higher up,” she said. “The teacher said that this is the first time the school has ever had anything like this happen, and they all thought it was very strange.”

“I think the authorities are trying to threaten my husband,” she said.


Turkey: Turkish MPs elect judicial board under new Erdogan constitution

May 17, 2017

FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends the Roundtable Summit Phase One Sessions of Belt and Road Forum at the International Conference Center in Yanqi Lake on May 15, 2017 in Beijing, China  REUTERS/Lintao Zhang/Pool/File Photo

Turkish lawmakers elected seven members to a reshaped judicial authority on Wednesday, part of a constitutional overhaul backed by a referendum last month that considerably expands the powers of President Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan says the changes are vital to ensure stability in Turkey, which is battling Kurdish and Islamist militants and experienced an abortive coup last year blamed by Ankara on a U.S.-based cleric who had many supporters in the judiciary.

But opposition parties and human rights groups say the reforms threaten judicial independence and push Turkey toward one-man rule. Some of Turkey’s NATO allies and the European Union, which it aspires to join, have also expressed concern.

The two largest opposition parties, who say the April 16 referendum was marred by possible fraud, boycotted the overnight vote in parliament appointing seven members to a redesigned, 13-strong Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) – all candidates of the ruling AK Party and its nationalist MHP ally.

The council oversees the appointment, promotion, transfer, disciplining and dismissal of judges and prosecutors.

The judiciary had previously appointed most of the HSK members but following the referendum parliament now picks seven and Erdogan a further four. The other two members of the board are the justice minister and ministry undersecretary.

“The vote has further politicized the judiciary, turning it into a totally AKP and MHP judiciary,” Filiz Kerestecioglu, a deputy from the pro-Kurdish HDP, told Reuters, saying it had decided not to participate because the process was illegitimate.





Lawyers for Lawyers: Join us via LIVESTREAM ‘The Voice of Rights’ about Lawyers and Freedom of Expression Friday May 19th

May 17, 2017

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After the seminar ’The Voice of Rights, about lawyers and freedom of expression’* on Friday May 19th, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2017 will be presented to Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri. The event will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

If you can’t attend this event in person, you can watch it online via our free LIVESTREAM!  

You’ll be able to watch and listen to speakers from Colombia, Greece and Turkey, the panel discussions and of course the most important part: the Award Ceremony.

From 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM CEST we will livestream PART I with the opening and the introductions.

Hereafter, during the break-out sessions, we will pause the livestream.

We will continue the broadcast with PART II from 3:45 PM until 5:30 PM CEST with a plenary discussion and the Award Ceremony.


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This afternoon, Sirikan Charoensiri received the 2017 L4L Award from 2015 recipient Jorge Molano

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The latest two recipients of the L4L Award

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