November 18, 2018
Dear colleagues, Dear friends,
This year, for the 9th Day of the Endangered Lawyer, we hereby invite you
and your organisation to take part in the Day of the Endangered Lawyer
events once again.
The next Day of the Endangered lawyer will take place on the 24th of January
2019. This year, the focus will be on the very difficult situation that
lawyers in Turkey are facing.
This is not the first time that we are focusing on Turkey, however, as you all
know, the lawyers’ situation is becoming worse in Turkey day by day. Turkey
was ruled under the state of emergency for 2 years. During those two
years, journalists, academics, judges, prosecutors, human rights activists
and of course lawyers were arrested. According to OHCHR almost 570
lawyers were arrested, 1,480 faced some kind of prosecution, 79
were sentenced to long-term imprisonment. In several mass trials
lawyers are accused just because they represent alleged members of
terrorist in other trials. The risks faced by criminal defence
lawyers is reportedly so high that it is extremely difficult for suspects
arrested during the state of emergency to find a lawyer. Even
after the lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, the political
trials against lawyers did not end. The UN Basic Principles on the
Role of Lawyers are permanently violated by the Turkish prosecutorsand judges, in particular Art. 18. “Lawyers shall not be identified with
their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their
Almost every week, there is at least one trial against lawyers, especially in
Istanbul. According to this fact, it could be claimed that the lawyers who
are still free, are practicing law under the risk of a sudden arrest.
In 2018, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer was a huge success. The
events were organised in 36 cities, almost in all the continents of the world:
Europe, North and South-America, Asia and Australia.
We hope that this year will be at least as successful as last year.
A basic report of the situation in Turkey and a petition will follow soon.
Please inform us a.s.a.p. which manifestation or action will be carried out
in your city or country and who will be its coordinator, so we can be in
Please spread this email to your contacts.
We believe that we can raise the awareness and support our colleagues
once more all together.
Florence de La Pradelle and Ceren Uysal
The international coordination will be organized by the Foundation day of the
Endangered Lawyers supported by AED, IAPL, and ELDH:
Florian BORG, lawyer in Lille (France) Secretary general of the European
democratic lawyers federation. TEL: tel:+3336671428
Fax: +33366721427 Email: email@example.com
Hans Gaasbeek, lawyer and director of the foundation for the Day of the Endangered
Lawyer in Haarlem:http://dayoftheendangeredlawyer.eu/
and president of the Dutch League for Human Rights.
Phone: 0031-235318657, Mobile: 0031-652055043
Florence de La Pradelle, AED commission defense for the defense.
Mobile : +33637513099 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceren Uysal, AED commission defense for the defense.
Mobile: +436644853347 Email: email@example.com
Les avocats condamnés
Les avocats poursuivis
Les avocats persécutés
Le martyr des robes noires en Turquie
Journée de l’avocat en danger
12 janvier 2019
(L’Observatoire des Avocats Facebook, 18/11/18)