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Turkey/Council of Europe: Turkey’s judiciary must protect rule of law, says Europe diplomat

February 16, 2018

Europe, Turkey need each other says Jagland

Europe’s top human rights court will be flooded with claims from Turkey unless the country’s judiciary steps up to protect the rule of law, a top European diplomat warned on Friday.

Thorbjørn Jagland, head of the Council of Europe, travelled to Ankara to urge judges and prosecutors to stand up for fundamental freedoms following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s sweeping crackdown on dissent.

Mr Jagland encouraged the Turkish judiciary to “hold firm” to the principles of democracy and warned that failure to do so would cast Turkey’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights into doubt. “Overloading the court will only raise the question of Turkey’s capacity or willingness to uphold the convention,” he said. “This simply will not work.”

The warning from Europe’s human rights watchdog underlines the concern in western capitals over the rule of law in Turkey under the leadership of Mr Erdogan. Although the Council of Europe is separate from the EU, its work is followed closely by EU member states.

Turkey is a member of the council and, in principle, must abide by decisions made by its most important body, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights. But the fallout from the attempted coup of July 2016 has threatened to put Turkey and the court on a collision course.

Mr Jagland’s visit came just weeks after Turkey was plunged into a judicial crisis when an order by the country’s top court was overruled by a series of less senior judges.





https://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_le-conseil-de-l-europe-met-ankara-en-garde-sur-l-etat-d-urgence?id=9841786 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.dw.com/es/consejo-de-europa-llama-a-turqu%C3%ADa-a-respetar-tribunal-constitucional/a-42611398 (ESPANOL)

http://www.trt.net.tr/espanol/mundo/2018/02/16/jagland-europa-y-turquia-se-necesitan-mutuamente-912161 (ESPANOL)


Turkey/Council of Europe: PACE urges release of Amnesty’s Turkey chair ahead of Jan 31 hearing

January 31, 2018

PACE urges release of Amnesty’s Turkey chair ahead of Jan 31 hearing

Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’s (PACE) has called for the release of Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey chair Taner Kilic, under arrest for more than 7 months now.

In a written statement issued a day before Kilic’s court appearance on Jan 31, PACE’s co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Turkey, Marianne Mikko (Estonia, SOC) and Nigel Evans (United Kingdom, EC) reiterated their call for the right defender’s release.

“Taner Kilic, like any other individual, should feel safe and secure to express himself and assemble in Turkey. We urge once again the Turkish authorities to ensure that these fundamental freedoms are duly and effectively secured, and put an end to the continuous arrests and detentions of those expressing dissenting and critical opinions, which cannot be a crime in itself”, they said.

”In this context , we are deeply concerned about today’s arrest of Turkish Medical Association board members, including its chair, as well as hundreds others for criticizing Turkish military intervention in Afrin. We call on the Turkish authorities to act and react in full respect of Council of Europe standards”, the co-rapporteurs also added.

Kılıç, a lawyer, a founding member of AI Turkey and chairman of its board of directors since 2014, was arrested by an İzmir court on June 9 as part of an investigation into the Gülen group. Set to appear during a court appearance on Wednesday, he faces terror charges along with 10 other rights defenders who could be jailed up to 15 years if convicted.





http://www.dw.com/tr/af-%C3%B6rg%C3%BCt%C3%BC-insan-haklar%C4%B1-savunucular%C4%B1-hedef-al%C4%B1n%C4%B1yor/a-42370670 (TURKCE)

http://www.dw.com/tr/b%C3%BCy%C3%BCkada-davas%C4%B1na-devam-ediliyor/a-42369447 (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/af-orgutu-insan-haklari-savunuculari-hedef-aliniyor-h77701.html?mnst=30949 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/344538/hak-savunucularinin-buyukada-davasi-basladi (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.org/fr/latest/news/2018/01/turkey-more-than-a-million-people-demand-freedom-for-amnesty-chair-as-trial-resumes/ (FRANCAIS)

http://www.aichacher-zeitung.de/welt/art44,145732 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.publico.pt/2018/01/31/mundo/opiniao/lutar-para-respirar-sob-o-peso-da-repressao-1801312 (PORTUGUES)


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今日,国际特赦组织 #土耳其 分会主席泰纳的庭审将继续。
我们的同事于科伦坡摆出 #FreeTaner 的造型,再次呼吁土耳其政府释放他。http://amn.st/6187D3UqH

(国际特赦组织中文 Amnesty International Chinese Facebook)

We are live from outside the Istanbul Penal Court – where our friends and colleagues İdil Eser, Taner Kiliç and 9 other human rights defenders have their third hearing in an ongoing criminal trial against them. We are also talking to prominent human rights defender and lawyer, Gunal Kursun who is also standing trial today.

(Amnesty International Facebook)

Council of Europe/CCBE: Endangered lawyers: Council of Europe body votes on convention

January 24, 2018

European convention outlining both the obligations and rights of lawyers could take a step closer today as a Council of Europe body prepares to vote on whether to draft an agreement.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), made up of members of parliament from the council’s 47 member states, are discussing a convention on the profession of lawyer at a meeting in Strasbourg.

Legal professional bodies are backing the idea. The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) said the convention, if approved, should focus on legal professional privilege and the independence of legal professions and their representative bodies. It should emphasise the obligations on national authorities to respect and protect the free exercise of the profession and to promote the profession’s role in ensuring the effectiveness of the judicial system, protecting human rights and the rule of law.

PACE rapporteur, Sabien Lahaye Battheu, said a string of attacks on lawyers has taken place in the past 12 months alone. They include police raids on the home of a Greek lawyer representing Syrian refugees a Georgian lawyer being assaulted by a chief of police after giving advice to his client. Last year, hundreds of lawyers were detained after the failed coup in Turkey.

Chair of the barristers’ profession in England and Wales Andrew Walker QC said ’hard international law’ is needed to protect lawyers who are subject to threats and attacks from state agencies and individuals.

‘In the last two years we have seen a slew of attacks on legal professionals. These are often carried out by state actors attempting to prevent lawyers from doing the crucial job of enforcing the legal and human rights of their citizens and of holding Governments to account,’ he said. ‘We are urging the 18 UK MPs and peers who sit in the Parliamentary Assembly to vote in favour of drawing up this convention. We would like to see the UK continue to take the lead in upholding it on the world stage, and to use its influence at an international level to foster agreement and clarity on what the rule of law means and how it can be sustained in practice.’






https://www.cnb.avocat.fr/fr/actualites/le-conseil-de-leurope-en-faveur-dune-convention-europeenne-pour-les-avocats (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lemondedudroit.fr/institutions/55891-vers-convention-europeenne-profession-avocat.html (FRANCAIS)

Russia: Le Conseil de l’Europe appelle Moscou à revenir sur l’inéligibilité de Navalny

le 22 septembre, 2017

Le principal opposant au Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny à Moscou, Russie, 7 juillet 2017.

Le principal opposant au Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny, devrait être autorisé à se présenter à la présidentielle de mars prochain, ont plaidé les représentants des 47 gouvernements du Conseil de l’Europe dans une résolution publiée vendredi.


Le Comité des ministres de l’organisation paneuropéenne, réuni cette semaine à Strasbourg, a “invité les autorités” russes à revenir sur “l’interdiction pour M. Navalny de se présenter à une élection”.


Cette inéligibilité, proclamée en juin dernier par la commission électorale centrale russe, découle d’une condamnation à cinq ans de prison avec sursis infligée à l’opposant de 41 ans – pour avoir prétendument détourné, en 2009, quelque 400.000 euros au détriment d’une société publique d’exploitation forestière alors qu’il était consultant du gouverneur libéral de la région de Kirov.

Or, en février 2016, la Cour européenne des droits de l’Homme (CEDH, le bras judiciaire du Conseil de l’Europe) avait jugé cette décision “arbitraire”, estimant qu’on pouvait “fortement craindre” que les poursuites contre M. Navalny et son co-accusé aient été “de nature politique”.

La Cour suprême russe a ensuite annulé en novembre 2016 cette condamnation et renvoyé l’affaire devant un nouveau tribunal. Mais M. Navalny a de nouveau été condamné à la même peine, ce qui a entraîné son inéligibilité.


https://themoscowtimes.com/news/council-of-europe-demands-alexei-navalny-be-allowed-to-run-for-president-59016 (ENGLISH)

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-knight-navalny-russia-putin-20170922-story.html (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Navalny (ENGLISH)