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Turkey: Turkey jailed 555 lawyers, European bars say in a letter to Erdoğan for their release

November 26, 2017

Ibrahim Kaboglu, a 67-year-old constitutional law professor who was dismissed as part of a massive purge after last year’s failed coup, talks during a protest against the detention of the lawyers of Cumhuriyet newspaper in front of the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey, July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir

Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), which represents more than 1 million European lawyers, wrote a letter to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to urge the release of Turkish lawyers in prison.

Signed by CCBE President, Ruthven Gemmell, the letter expressed concern regarding the recent convictions of 20 Turkish lawyers in Konya, including the former head of the Konya Bar Association, Fevzi Kayacan, who was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months of imprisonment.

Gemmell also raised concerns on the torture and ill treatment of lawyers in detention. The letter notes that the president of Progressive Lawyers Association, Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who has been representing the Soma Mine Disaster Victims and political prisoners on hunger strike, was beaten during detention.

The council also provided the number of lawyers under criminal prosecution in Turkey as 1433, and lawyers arrested since the coup attempt in July 2016 as 555.

 

“CCBE respectfully urges your Excellency to ensure that all the lawyers mentioned above are released immediately as it is believed that their detention is solely motivated by their activities as lawyers. In addition, the CCBE asks you to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of lawyers in Turkey as well as their ability to perform their professional duties without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation or harassment.”

https://ahvalnews.com/rule-law/turkey-jailed-555-lawyers-european-bars-say-letter-erdogan-their-release

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CCBE/Georgia: The 2017 CCBE Human Rights Award

November 24, 2017

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http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_AWARD/2017/EN_HRA_20171124_pr_0717.pdf

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_AWARD/2017/FR_HRA_20171124_pr_0717.pdf (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/le-ccbe-decerne-le-prix-des-droits-de-lhomme-zaza-khatiashvili#humanrights (FRANCAIS)

Poland/L4L/CCBE/ICJ: HDIM 2017 Side event: Lawyers Need Legal Protections too

September 19, 2017

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Justice International (JI), Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L), the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) and Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR) worked together to bring a panel of experts, lawyers and human rights defenders to discuss the important role lawyers play while performing all of their professional functions in challenging conditions under intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference. –> http://bit.ly/2ffZJuq

The Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 (HDIM)
“Lawyers Need Legal Protections too: Human Rights Lawyers Working in Challenging
Environments”

Warsaw National Stadium (PGE Narodowy), Aleja Poniatowskiego 1, GATE 1, 2nd floor
September 20, 2017, Room 1, 13:15-14:45

Refreshments will be provided

Panel Speakers: 

Maria Slazak  Moderator, Former President of CCBE
Temur Shakirov Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists
Olga Salamatova           Legal Expert, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Anara Ibraeva Lawyer from Kazakhstan, Public Association “Dignity”
Nikolai Polozov Lawyer from the Russian Federation, working in Crimea
Farangis Zikriyaeva Lawyer from Tajikistan, Human Rights Matter
Ruslan Myatiev Human rights defender living in exile, Alternative Turkmenistan News
Dmitry Tihonov Human rights defender from Uzbekistan living in exile

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/12853/hdim-2017-side-event-lawyers-need-legal-protections-too/

Turkey/CCBE: Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (11-17 September)

September 17, 2017

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12/09/2017 – 18 Lawyers were taken into custody in Istanbul, Ankara and Diyarbakir within scope of Istanbul-based police operation.

Lawyers Didem Ünsal, Aytaç Ünsal, Ahmet Mandacı, Yağmur Ereren, Barkın Timtik, Ebru Timtik, Şükriye Erden, Engin Gökoğlu, Ezgi Çakır, Süleyman Gökten, Ozgur Yılmaz, Oya Aslan, Ayşegül Çağatay, Behiç Aşçı, Aycan Çiçek, Günay Dağ, Zehra Özdemir, Özgür Yılmaz who are the members of People’s Law Office (Halkın Hukuk Bürosu) and Umut Law Office were taken into custody with police raid on 12/9/2017.

The 18 lawyers taken into custody have been representing the arrested hunger strike activists Nuriye Gulmen and Semih Ozakca. Gulmen and Ozakca who were arrested on 23rd May 2017. The 18 lawyers taken into custody could not represent them on the hearing dated 14th September 2017.

The CCBE-Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe wrote a letter of concern to President Erdogan regarding the 18 lawyers taken into custody.

Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers (11-17 September)

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/HUMAN_RIGHTS_LETTERS/Turkey_-_Turquie/2017/EN_HRL_20170913_Turkey_Concerns-regarding-18-lawyers-taken-into-custody-in-Ankara-Istanbul-and-Diyarbaki.pdf

Turkey: Joint statement by lawyers, judges, journalists on ongoing crackdown on rule of law in Turkey

April 20, 2017

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the European Association of Judges (EAJ) firmly condemn the ongoing widespread persecution of lawyers, journalists, judges and prosecutors in Turkey.

After the failed coup of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted 21 decree-laws, which led to a serious undermining of human rights and the rule of law across the country. Thousands of judges and prosecutors, and hundreds of journalists and lawyers have been dismissed from jobs, detained, or arrested. A widespread censorship on media has been put in place and hundreds of civil society organisations have been shut down. Several lawyers’ associations and the independent judges’ Association YARSAV have been closed down and their assets have been seized or frozen without compensation.

Currently there are around 2000 (out of 4088 dismissed) judges and prosecutors, 350 lawyers and 150 journalists and media workers being detained, with a further 867 lawyers being prosecuted. Most of them are being targeted solely for carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. In many cases, they are detained without charges and without being brought before a judge. When Turkish courts issue detention warrants, they order the freezing of assets, leaving the detained unable to support their families.

The adopted decree-laws undermine the right of the defence. In anti-terror legislation related cases, the detained have no access to a lawyer for the first five days of police custody, and this right can be suspended for up to six months. When access to a lawyer is authorised, lawyer-client confidentiality is violated: clients’ interviews in prisons are recorded and often take place with the presence of a police officer in the room, and documents are confiscated and checked. Furthermore, several non-governmental organisations have expressed their concern about frequent episodes of mistreatment against detainees.1

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2017-04-20/world-news/Joint-statement-by-lawyers-judges-journalists-on-ongoing-crackdown-on-rule-of-law-in-Turkey-6736173269

http://www.omct.org/monitoring-protection-mechanisms/urgent-interventions/european-union/2017/04/d24309/

Turkey: Joint statement by lawyers, judges and journalists on the ongoing crackdown on the rule of law in Turkey

April 5, 2017 Lawyers Day in Turkey

The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the European Association of Judges (EAJ) firmly condemn the ongoing widespread persecution of lawyers, journalists, judges and prosecutors in Turkey.

After the failed coup of 15 July 2016, the Turkish government declared a state of emergency and adopted 21 decree-laws, which led to a serious undermining of human rights and the rule of law across the country. Thousands of judges and prosecutors, and hundreds of journalists and lawyers have been dismissed from jobs, detained, or arrested. A widespread censorship on media has been put in place and hundreds of civil society organisations have been shut down. Several lawyers’ associations and the independent judges’ Association YARSAV have been closed down and their assets have been seized or frozen without compensation.

Currently there are around 2000 (out of 4088 dismissed) judges and prosecutors, 350 lawyers and 150 journalists and media workers being detained, with a further 867 lawyers being prosecuted. Most of them are being targeted solely for carrying out their professional activities, on the basis of alleged accusations of supporting terrorist organisations. In many cases, they are detained without charges and without being brought before a judge. When Turkish courts issue detention warrants, they order the freezing of assets, leaving the detained unable to support their families.

The adopted decree-laws undermine the right of the defence. In anti-terror legislation related cases, the detained have no access to a lawyer for the first five days of police custody, and this right can be suspended for up to six months. When access to a lawyer is authorised, lawyer-client confidentiality is violated: clients’ interviews in prisons are recorded and often take place with the presence of a police officer in the room, and documents are confiscated and checked. Furthermore, several non-governmental organisations have expressed their concern about frequent episodes of mistreatment against detainees. 1

The undersigned organisations emphasise that an independent judiciary is an essential component in upholding the rule of law in a free society.

EN_ Joint Statement Turkey 05 04 2017

FR_ Joint Statement Turkey 05 04 2017 (FRANCAIS)

http://europeanjournalists.org/blog/2017/04/05/joint-statement-by-lawyers-judges-and-journalists-on-the-ongoing-crackdown-on-the-rule-of-law-in-turkey/

http://stockholmcf.org/ccbe-efj-and-eaj-urge-turkey-to-release-all-judges-prosecutors-lawyers-and-journalists/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2017/04/05/law-societies-journalism-organization-condemn-colleagues-persecution-turkey/

http://www.union-syndicale-magistrats.org/web2/fr/etat-droit-turquie_news_1034 (FRANCAIS)

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CCBE: Today marked the launch of a new online platform for the protection of human rights defenders and lawyers worldwide

March 30, 2017

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The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) welcomes the launch of a new online platform “Index of attacks and threats against Human Rights Defenders” by the European Union Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.

This platform is an important new instrument to enhance the protection of threatened lawyers, since it will centralise alerts on attacks on lawyers worldwide.

The CCBE proposed the establishment of this platform last year, based on the platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists launched by the Council of Europe, in 2015.

The new platform was presented today at the workshop “How to improve the protection of threatened lawyers worldwide? Practical tools from the EU Human Rights Defenders mechanism”, jointly organised by the CCBE and the EU Human Rights Defenders Mechanism.

The event gathered around 70 participants among which were Bars and Law Societies, International, European and national lawyers’ organisations, individual lawyers, and human rights NGOs.

http://ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/Pressreleases/2017/EN_NA_20170330_pr_0317.pdf

http://www.ccbe.eu/fileadmin/speciality_distribution/public/documents/Pressreleases/2017/FR_NA_20170330_pr_0317.pdf (FRANCAIS)