Turkey: Verdict to be announced in trial of human rights defender and lawyer Levent Pişkin

17/11/20

Letter on the judicial harassment of Levent Pişkin

On 18 November 2020, Bursa 8th Heavy Penal Court is expected to reach its verdict on the case of human rights defender and lawyer Levent Pişkin, who is on trial for “membership of a terrorist organisation” and “producing terrorist propaganda”, along with 11 other people. The case, which has been ongoing since 2016, could see the human rights defender imprisoned for up to 22.5 years.

Levent Pişkin is a lawyer, human rights defender and member of the Libertarian Lawyers Association (ÖHD). He has been actively involved in campaigns and advocacy work for LGBTI+ rights, minority rights, and the fight against impunity. As a human rights lawyer, he has represented a number of human rights defenders and political activists over the years. He was a lawyer for the People’s Democratic Party’s (HDP) and represented its former co-chair Selahattin Demirtas who has since been imprisoned.

On 18 November 2020, Bursa 8th Heavy Penal Court is expected to announce its verdict in relation to charges faced by human rights defender Levent Pişkin, and 11 other individuals. The human rights defender is accused of “membership of a terrorist organisation” and “producing terrorist propaganda”. If convicted he faces between 7.5 and 22.5 years in prison

Levent Pişkin has been facing judicial harassment around these charges since 2016. 

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https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/verdict-be-announced-trial-human-rights-defender-and-lawyer-levent-piskin

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