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Turkey: Weird case of Amnesty’s Kılıç: Turkish prosecutor could not find a crime, court could not release

June 30, 2018

Taner Kılıç (49) is a Turkish human rights advocate. He is one of the founders of Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey Branch. He has been running the duty of being the Chairman of Board of Executives since 2014. Kılıç, who is father of three children, is one of Turkey’s most knowledgeable human rights advocates on the refugee law and one of the most respected human rights activists. He has tried to raise awareness and public awareness on refugee issue through articles he wrote for numerous newspapers and conferences he has given.

Together with Taner Kılıç, the honorary chairman of Amnesty International Turkey Branch who was detained on Jun. 6, 2017 over alleged links to the Gülen movement, İdil Eser, Amnesty’s Director for Turkey, Özlem Dalkıran and Nalan Erkem, the members of the Yurttaşlık Derneği (Citizenship Association), İlknur Üstün from Women Coalition, Veli Acu and Günal Kurşun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, foreign instructors Peter Steudtner from Germany and Ali Gharavi from Sweden, and Nejat Taştan, the General Coordinator of the Association of Equal Rights Watch and Şeyhmuz Özbekli, a representative of the Rights Initiative have been tried with a demand of sentence for 15 years of imprisonment for allegedly “helping an armed terrorist organization” and “becoming a member of an armed terrorist organisation.”

These human rights activists, who have been tried in a file known as Büyükada Case, have been accused by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and by the pro-government media of plotting a coup against the government. President Erdoğan described the Büyükada meeting of the human rights activists as a coup meeting during responding the questions directed by journalists on the issue following the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017. Erdoğan said that “Why did they gather in Büyükada. They came together for a meeting which was almost like (controversial coup attempt on) July 15 (2016). They were taken into custody by basing on intelligence. Therefore, a judicial process may begin. The call, that they made, have also been made right now. You are also supporting this call by asking this question.”

It is already unreasonable to accuse a meeting as coup d’état meeting in Büyükada, where is open to the public, but Taner Kılıç’s situation is much more tragic. Because, Kılıç has been accused of a meeting that he could not attend. Kılıç was detained on June 6, 2017 and arrested afterwards. However, Büyükada meeting took place one month later on July 5, 2017.






http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/tutuklu-af-orgutu-temsilcisi-kilic-in-yegeni-delil-olarak-dayimin-dosyasina-babamla-cektirdigim-selfie-resmimizi-koymuslar-suc-bunun-neresinde-h93650.html (TURKCE)

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/europe/turquie-le-journaliste-mehmet-altan-libere_2021016.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://periodistas-es.com/taner-kilic-jueces-turcos-mantienen-en-prision-al-presidente-de-amnistia-internacional-105964 (ESPANOL)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/06/turchia-rilasciato-mehmet-altan-amnesty-international-ora-tutti-gli-altri/ (ITALIANO)





June 29, 2018


On 11 April 2018, Istanbul’s 37th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against 20 lawyers from the People’s Law Office. The indictment claims that the People’s Law Office is a sub-structure of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C), which has been designated a terrorist organization in Turkey. The hearings have been scheduled for between 10 and 15 September 2018.

Between September and December 2017, 17 human rights lawyers from the People’s Law Office were arrested following orders from the Istanbul Peace Criminal Judge. Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Ebru Timtik, Didem Baydar Ünsal, Ahmet Mandacı, Aycan Çiçek, Ayşegül Çağatay, Aytaç Ünsal, Behiç Aşçı, Engin Gökoğlu, Ezgi Çakır, Günay Dağ, Naciye Demir, Süleyman Gökten, Şükriye Erden, Yağmur Erener Evin, Yaprak Türkmen and Zehra Özdemir were accused of transmitting instructions from the DHKP-C’s executive team to its members, while Oya Aslan, Barkın Timtik and Özgür Yılmaz, were charged with “being managers of an armed terrorist organization”. 17 of the 20 lawyers facing charges remain in pre-trial detention in a number of different prisons, far from their families and their places of residence.

Since September 2017, People’s Law Office has been raided by the police three times, on 12 September 2017, 18 December 2017 and 20 April 2018. A lawyer from the People’s Law Office stated that on 20 April 2018 the police entered into all 11 flats in the same building which did not belong to People’s Law Office and broke some of their neighbors’ doors.

Following almost a year of detention, the court will hear the majority of the detained lawyers through video call. Only Yaprak Türkmen and Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who have been detained in İstanbul Silivri Prison, will be personally brought to the court room for the hearings. One of the detained lawyers, Ahmet Mandacı, criticized in a letter to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet that they would be questioned by video call rather than appearing before the judge. He further stated that he was not notified about the indictment although other lawyers in detention had been. On 20 September 2017, Ahmet Mandacı had been released under judicial control, but 10 days later he was arrested at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office.

A trainee lawyer who was arrested with the lawyers from the People’s Law Office, also sent a letter to Cumhuriyet and stated that the prison administration had banned him from any visitors for 100 months as he was protesting he and his fellow lawyers’ isolation. He also stated that he wrote several petitions to the Ministry of Justice, administration of Silivri Prison, Prosecutor’s Office and several courts to contest the solitary confinement of Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Yaprak Türkmen but the authorities responded that it was not under their authority. He further stated that while he had written letters to Selçuk Kozağaçlı the letters had not been given to him. Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Yaprak Türkmen have been kept in solitary confinement in İstanbul Silivri Prison since their arrest in September 2017.



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)




Turkey: Istanbul court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail

June 22, 2018

Istanbul court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail

A Turkish court ruled on June 21 to keep the local chair of Amnesty International in jail as his trial on terror charges continues, the group said, extending a year-long detention.

The court ruled that Taner Kılıç would be remanded in prison and his next hearing would be in November, Amnesty officials stated on Twitter.

Kılıç has been jailed since June 2017 on charges of supporting the movement of the U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fetullah Gülen that Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed coup attempt.

Prosecutors say Kılıç downloaded ByLock, a messaging app believed to be a communication means used by members of the Gülen movement, widely thought to be behind Turkey’s failed July 2016 coup attempt.

Kılıç has denied the charges, according to Amnesty.

“Today’s heart-breaking decision to keep our colleague in jail is yet another travesty of justice,” Amnesty’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said in a statement.




http://alevinet.com/2018/06/22/af-orgutu-taner-kilic-ve-tum-hak-savunuculari-icin-mucadelemize-devam-edecegiz/ (TURKCE)

https://www.amnesty.fr/liberte-d-expression/actualites/une-parodie-de-justice-pour-taner-kilic (FRANCAIS)

https://www.wolfsburger-nachrichten.de/politik/article214664481/Steudtner-kritisiertMenschenrechtslage-in-der-Tuerkei.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/ausland/europa/tuerkischer-menschenrechtsaktivist-bleibt-doch-inhaftiert/story/12353800 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.agensir.it/quotidiano/2018/6/22/turchia-amnesty-resta-in-carcere-senza-prove-e-contro-ogni-logica-il-nostro-collega-kilic/ (ITALIANO)

http://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20180622_03575454 (VLAAMS)

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2018/06/imprensa-livre-sofre-com-repressao-de-erdogan-e-vira-animal-raro-na-turquia.shtml (PORTUGUES)

https://www.stiripesurse.ro/directorul-amnesty-international-ramane-in-inchisoare_1272497.html (ROMANIAN)




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Turkey: Turkish court rules to continue pre-trial detention of Amnesty’s Taner Kılıç

June 21, 2018

The İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court on Thursday ruled to continue the pretrial detention of Amnesty International’s honorary Turkey chair, Taner Kılıç, at the fourth hearing of the trial of 11 human rights activists.

Some of the activists, who were taken into police custody on July 5, 2017 during a meeting on Büyükada, one of İstanbul’s Princes’ Islands, have been accused of membership in a terrorist organization, while others are charged with aiding a terrorist organization without membership in it.

The pro-government media depicted the Büyükada meeting as a follow-up to a failed coup on July 15, 2016. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan reiterated these claims a few days after the detention of the activists.

The 11 activists were released by the İstanbul 35th High Criminal Court in February; however, upon an objection by the prosecutor, the İstanbul 36th High Criminal Court ordered the arrest of Kılıç due to his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Kılıç attended the fourth hearing by videoconference from İzmir’s Şakran Prison, where he is being held.








http://www.dw.com/tr/b%C3%BCy%C3%BCkada-davas%C4%B1-taner-k%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7a-tahliye-yok/a-44340148 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/355369/buyukada-davasinda-taner-kilicin-tutukluluguna-devam-karari-verildi (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

http://www.deutschlandfunk.de/tuerkei-amnesty-ehrenvorsitzender-kilic-bleibt-in-haft.2932.de.html?drn:news_id=895592 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.laregione.ch/estero/estero/1304539/il-presidente-di-amnesty-international-rimane-in-prigione (ITALIANO)

https://www.amnesty.it/appelli/turchia-liberare-difensori-dei-diritti-umani/ (ITALIANO)

https://www1.folha.uol.com.br/mundo/2018/06/na-turquia-terroristas-sao-todos-os-que-discordam-do-atual-governo.shtml (PORTUGUES)




Turkey: From Diyarbakır Bar to Minister Soylu: We are Right There Where You Murdered Tahir Elçi

June 19, 2018

Diyarbakır Bar Association, which was accused of being a supporter of PKK by Soylu, Minister of Interior, has replied to him: “We are not afraid; rather, we are right there where you murdered Tahir Elçi…”

Board of Directors of Diyarbakır Bar Association has made a statement concerning the declaration of Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu who said “Diyarbakır Bar is a supporter of PKK”, urging Soylu to do what is necessary if he is really behind his allegations.

While making evaluations about the incidents that occurred in Suruç on a TV program of TRT Haber on June 18, 2018, Soylu said:

“I should mention that unbelievably cowardly allegations are being made against us which proves that Diyarbakır Bar Association and Diyarbakır Chamber of Commerce and Industry are sympathizers of PKK. Directly and honestly, I declare that it is a supporter of PKK. If PKK does not express an opinion against our all actions, incidents and acts of law it is Diyarbakır Bar which passes a remark”.

In response the bar briefly said:

“Süleyman Soylu, if you are backing your allegations, we are urging you to do whatever is necessary. As Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair and Board Members, we await your anti-terror teams and prosecutors.

“We are not afraid; rather, we are right there where you murdered Tahir Elçi…”


Turkish Interior Minister Soylu defames Diyarbakır Bar Association in Southeast as terror affiliated



http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/198279-diyarbakir-barosu-ndan-bakan-soylu-ya-tahir-elci-yi-aldiginiz-yerdeyiz (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/355166/diyarbakir-barosundan-soyluya-yanit-tahir-elciyi-aldiginiz-yerdeyiz (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1001507/Diyarbakir_Barosu_ndan_Soylu_ya__Tahir_Elci_yi_aldiginiz_yerdeyiz.html (TURKCE)

http://www.guneydoguguncel.com/barodan-bakan-soyluya-elciyi-aldiginiz-yerdeyiz/ (TURKCE)

http://bianet.org/kurdi/siyaset/198283-baroya-amede-ji-bo-soyluyi-got-em-ji-we-natirsin (KURTCESI)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahir_El%C3%A7i (FRANCAIS)



Turkey: ELDH demands the immediate release of CHD lawyers from prison

June 14, 2018

ÇHD’li avukatlar hakim karşısında

Since November 2017 Selçuk KOZAĞAÇLI , the president of ÇHD, the Progressive Lawyers Association has been detained in pre-trial solitary confinement in the Silivri prison camp. He is suffering as a result of the isolation. His repeated demands for occasional contact with other prisoners have been rejected.

Selçuk KOZAĞAÇLı is accused together with 19 other ÇHD lawyers of membership  in a terrorist organisation (DHKP-C, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front ) .Some of them are also charged with  leadership of DHKP-C. 8 of them are also accused in the ÇHD lawyer’s trial in which  22 lawyers are on trial. The trial started in December 2013, and will be continued on 24 October. The lawyers who are accused in both trials are accused of more or less the same crime, membership in a terrorist organisation, DHKP-C. Their trial is expected to start on 10th September 2018.

ÇHD is one of the two member organisations of ELDH in Turkey. Selçuk KOZAĞAÇLI himself is member of the ELDH Executive Committee. He has a high reputation outside Turkey as a human rights defence lawyer. In 2014 he was awarded the Hans-Litten-Prize by the German lawyers’ association Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen e.V. VDJ. The biggest German lawyers association Deutscher Anwaltsverein DAV wrote on occasion of his arrest in November 2017: “According to the DAV, the arrest of Kozağaçlı exemplifies a number of cases in which lawyers in Turkey have been arrested for defending their clients.”



https://www.evrensel.net/haber/353207/chdli-avukatlar-hakim-karsisinda (TURKCE)

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/981608/Avukatlar_sordu___Sucluyorsunuz_belge_nerede__.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/354368/cezaevinden-evrensele-gelen-mektup-sansurlendi-sadece-3-cumle-kaldi (TURKCE)

http://www.kedistan.net/2018/05/25/soutien-avocat-e-s-emprisonnes-turquie/ (FRANCAIS)