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Turkey: Int’l law associations urge UN to pressure on Turkish gov’t over persecution of legal professionals

September 18, 2018

Three international law associations have urged United Nations (UN), enter into urgent dialogue with the Turkish government with a view to ending the persecution and prosecution of legal professionals in the country.

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales have written a 34-page report in relation to breaches of the rights and protections of the legal profession in Turkey and submitted Diego García-Sayán, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on Tuesday in Geneva.

The report entitled “International Law Breaches Concerning the Independence of Legal Profession in Turkey” which was submitted to the UN related to human rights violations which have occurred and are occurring since the controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016, and examines the position post the ending of the State of Emergency in Turkey.

“Primarily, new laws place in a statutory framework the pre-existing threats to the independence of the legal profession, including arbitrary arrest and detention, dismissals, and breaches of the right to a fair trial and due process,” said the international law associations in their joint letter in which they presented the report to UN’s García-Sayán.

https://stockholmcf.org/intl-law-associations-urge-un-to-pressure-on-turkish-govt-over-persecution-of-legal-professionals/

International Law Breaches Concerning the Independence of Legal Profession in Turkey

https://arrestedlawyers.org/

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Turkey/IBAHRI: State of emergency and attacks on the legal profession in Turkey (VIDEO)

June 28, 2018

During HRC 38, IBAHRI co-organised a UN side event with the #LawSocietyand #BHRC on the state of emergency and the independence of the legal profession in #Turkey. The discussion focused on the systematic persecution of lawyers and threats to the rule of law since the attempted coup in 2016. Watch event: https://vimeo.com/277104106

IBAHRI also delivered an oral statement on behalf of five other organisations on widespread human rights violations against Turkish lawyers.

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook)

https://www.ibanet.org/IBAHRI.aspx

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session38/Pages/38RegularSession.aspx

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Turkey: Bar Council: Pressure mounts on Prime Minister to raise barristers’ urgent concerns with Turkey

May 15, 2018

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The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) have written jointly to Prime Minister Theresa May, urging her to voice concerns over Turkey’s ongoing and large-scale prosecution of judges, lawyers, journalists and human rights defenders with the Turkish President when the two meet on Tuesday.

The letter, which has also been copied to the Lord Chancellor and the Foreign Secretary, is the second such letter that the Bar Council and BHRC have written to the UK Prime Minister on the injustices in Turkey.

The legal bodies refer to further information that, since the failed coup in 2016,  2431 (out of 4560 dismissed) judges and prosecutors, 580 lawyers, and 319 journalists and media workers have been arrested; an estimated 1000 judges and prosecutors, 400 lawyers and 180 journalists and media workers are still detained; and more than 5,966 judges, prosecutors and lawyers are facing prosecution.

Andrew Walker QC, Chair of the Bar Council, said:

“The seriousness of what legal professionals and human rights defenders have been – and continue to be – subjected to in Turkey cannot be overstated.  The impact reaches internationally.  This is a significant threat not only to those individuals affected, but also to the fundamental principles of the rule of law, without which a truly fair and democratic society cannot exist, and which authorities are duty-bound to protect.

https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/home-affairs/human-rights/press-release/bar-council/95177/bar-council-pressure-mounts-prime

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/05/12/britain-should-use-erdogan-visit-speak-out-human-rights

https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/turkey-uk-must-continue-push-human-rights

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/15/recep-tayyip-erdogan-theresa-may-uk-state-visit-jailed-journalists-terrorists

https://inews.co.uk/news/uk/why-turkish-president-erdogan-visit-britain-protest/

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/erdogan-uk-visit-turkey-theresa-may-kurds-syria-a8347101.html

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/959872/erdogan-uk-protest-theresa-may-queen-state-visit-turkey-latest-news

https://stockholmcf.org/27584-2/

Iran: Iran must free jailed lawyers

January 30, 2018

Comment: An open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, from Andrew Walker QC and Kirsty Brimelow QC of the Bar Council of England and Wales

 

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Your Excellency,

The Bar Council of England and Wales and the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales express profound concern for lawyers and other human rights defenders in Iran who continue to be persecuted for undertaking their professional obligations to their clients, enabling them to exercise the basic human right of access to justice.

The Bar Council and the Bar Human Rights Committee are particularly concerned about the ongoing detention of the prominent lawyers, Abdolfattah Soltani and Narges Mohammadi who have spent their legal careers advocating for the rule of law in Iran.

Abdolfattah Soltani, the lawyer and co-founder with Dr Shirin Ebadi of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (DHRC) is currently serving a 13-year sentence for “spreading propaganda against the system”, “endangering national security” and “setting up an illegal opposition group”.

He was also charged with “accepting an illegal prize” relating to his acceptance of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award. Mr Soltani has now been in prison for almost six years, despite suffering from numerous medical conditions.

https://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2018/1/30/iran-must-free-jailed-lawyers

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/iran-no-momentum-reform

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-human-rights-lawyers-uk-barristers-bar-council-treatment-justice-system-a8185691.html

http://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2018/01/19/human-rights-watch-release-2017-report-detailing-iran-human-rights-condition/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdolfattah_Soltani

https://www.barcouncil.org.uk/

http://www.barhumanrights.org.uk/

https://www.hrw.org/fr/news/2018/01/18/iran-les-reformes-au-point-mort (FRANCAIS)