Daily Archives: 10/09/2018

Poland/Tajikistan/Azerbaijan/Kazakhstan/ Russia/Belarus: Next target: legal profession, HDIM side event, Warsaw

September 10, 2018

The legal profession plays a crucial role in ensuring access to justice for all, transparency and accountability of the state, Rule of law and the respect for human rights.

 

Yet, instead of being perceived as a vital player to the justice sector, today lawyers are often targeted by the governments in many OSCE countries for seeking truth and justice. As a result, lawyers often face high risks of persecution, harassment as well as severe sanctions for doing their job.

This side-event aims to specifically discuss the situation of lawyers in Belarus, Russia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan. The discussion will extend to consider the latest developments related to the rights of lawyers and their independence in the respective countries, and what impact this has on the overall rule of law and human rights situation.

This side event will take place on 12 September 2018, from 13.00 -15.00 at Hotel Bristol, Warsaw

Moderator: Jurate Guzeviciute, Programme Lawyer, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Presentations and Discussions:

Independence of the legal profession and harassment of lawyers in Eastern Europe and Central Asia:

https://www.icj.org/next-target-legal-profession-hdim-side-event-warsaw/

Turkey: 17 lawyers, under arrest for over a year, wage hunger strike to protest court hearings

September 10, 2018

17 lawyers, under arrest for over a year, wage hunger strike to protest court hearings

Seventeen lawyers including Selçuk Kozağaçlı, president of the now-closed Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD) have begun a hunger strike in protest of the difficulties they face during their trial.

Under arrest over terror charges since Nov, 2017, the lawyers are expected to appear before the court on Sept 10.

However, their demand to show up in the court in person were turned down due to several reasons like the long distance between courthouse and the prisons they are being held; security risks; and inadequate number of prison vehicles and staff.

Ordered to give their defense via video conference, the lawyers started a hunger strike in protest on Sept 3, according to media.

Kozağaçlı is a leading counsel who also represented Turkish educators Nuriye Gülmen and Semih Özakça, who started a hunger strike in order to protest their dismissal under state of emergency decree-laws issued after a failed coup in Turkey last year, in their cases.

https://turkeypurge.com/17-lawyers-under-arrest-for-over-a-year-wage-hunger-strike-to-protest-court-hearings

https://stockholmcf.org/17-jailed-lawyers-in-turkey-stage-hunger-strike-to-protest-unfair-court-hearings/

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/selcuk-kozagacli-detained

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12959/turkey-prisons-torture-sexual-abuse

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/savunma-yargilaniyor-89544.html (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/makamda-kisir-partisi-keyfi-89545.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/361036/17si-tutuklu-20-chdli-avukat-1-yil-sonra-hakim-karsisinda (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/cumhuriyette-istifalar-devam-ediyor-89549.html (TURKCE)

http://aktifhaber.com/yasam/avukatlara-durusmada-kelepce-takildi-h122555.html (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1078879/CHD_durusmasinda_arbede__Avukatlar_tekmelendi.html (TURKCE)

https://t24.com.tr/haber/cagdas-hukukcular-dernegi-davasi-1-yil-sonra-basladi-jandarma-tutuklu-avukatlari-darp-etti,697325 (TURKCE)

http://gazetekarinca.com/2018/09/chd-ve-hhbli-avukatlarin-davasinda-arbede-askerler-tum-saniklari-kelepceleyin-diye-bagirdi/ (TURKCE)

https://www.haberler.com/dhkp-c-nin-avukatlik-yapilanmasi-davasi-11221474-haberi/ (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/savunmanin-yargilanmasinda-ilk-gun-sona-erdi-89544.html (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/39-ilcede-hdp-ve-dbpnin-varsayilan-protesto-eylemine-yasak-89631.html (TURKCE)

https://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20180909_01222365/solidarite-avec-les-avocats-turcs-dont-le-proces-demarre-ce-lundi (FRANCAIS)

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