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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: Terminally-ill lawyer Mustafa Aydin released

June 27, 2018

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The IBAHRI welcomes the release of terminally-ill lawyer Mustafa Aydin and calls upon the Government of #Turkey to immediately end the arbitrary arrest, prosecution and detention of lawyers in accordance with the UN Basic Principles on the role of lawyers and international human rights law.

Southern Africa Litigation Centre Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada @Fair Trial Watch @Lawyers for Lawyers

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook)

https://www.lrwc.org/turkey-mustafa-aydin-released-news/

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13390/turkey-joint-statement-on-situation-of-mustafa-aydin/

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/04/20/ccbe-urges-release-medical-treatment-of-detained-turkish-lawyer/

http://lsuc.on.ca/uploadedFiles/Equity_and_Diversity/Human_Rights_Monitoring_Group/Turkey%20-%20Mustafa%20Aydin.pdf

http://aktifhaber.com/gundem/cezaevindeki-kanser-hastasi-avukat-mustafa-aydin-icin-kaygiliyiz-h115806.html (TURKCE)

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Turkey/IBAHRI: UN side event – State of emergency and attacks to the legal profession in Turkey

Thursday 21 June 2018, 15:00 – 16:00, Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva


An event co-organised by the IBA Human Rights Institute, the Law Society of England and Wales, and the Bar Human Rights Committee

Panelists:

Chair

Panelists will share their analysis on the impact of the state of emergency on the rule of law and the ongoing obstacles faced by the legal profession in Turkey since the failed coup in 2016. They will also discuss Turkey’s derogations from its international and regional human rights obligations, as well as the response of regional and international human rights mechanisms to this situation.

https://www.ibanet.org/Human_Rights_Institute/AttacksLegalProfessionTurkeyEvent.aspx

https://www.icj.org/increasing-death-sentences-and-executions-in-egypt/

https://www.icj.org/un-side-event-state-of-emergency-and-attacks-on-the-legal-profession-in-turkey/

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International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute ANNUAL REVIEW 2017

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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has launched its 2017 Annual Review, providing an overview of the IBAHRI’s major activities over the year.

2017 was a difficult year for human rights: since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted 70 years ago, it appears that we are now reaching a point where the universal acceptance of human rights is being eroded. Increasingly polarised political spheres and growing support for populist governments are resulting in policies that scapegoat minorities, attack the under-represented and persecute those who oppose these governments.

In this atmosphere, protection of human rights, the rule of law and an independent legal profession are more important than ever. This makes the work of the IBAHRI more important than ever. Since its establishment in 1995, the IBAHRI has endeavoured to defend fundamental human rights through the promotion and protection of the independence of the legal profession, and by providing members of the global legal community with the tools needed to do the same.

 

As part of its ongoing projects in the Americas, the IBAHRI provided torture-prevention training to legal professionals, including judges and public defenders, across Brazil and Mexico. In El Salvador, the IBAHRI brought a high-level delegation of experts on the rights to justice, truth and historical memory to meet with legal professionals, the executive, armed forces, CSOs and academia with a view to achieving justice effectively and realising the rights of those who suffered human rights abuses as a result of the 12-year civil war. Additionally, the IBAHRI continued to monitor the emblematic trial of Venezuelan Judge María Lourdes Afiuni, and sent open letters to President Donald Trump of the United States, which criticised the President and his administration for actions the IBAHRI felt were ‘diametrically opposed to the defence of human rights’.

In Asia Pacific, the IBAHRI worked with the newly established Independent Lawyers’ Association of Myanmar to continue its work in the country, and has been running a trial observation programme to ensure those responsible for the death of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni are brought to justice. In Timor-Leste, the IBAHRI has consolidated its presence in the country by seeking to strengthen the legal profession and supporting the creation of its first national bar association.

The IBAHRI launched a mentorship programme for junior Azerbaijani lawyers that linked them with more experienced senior lawyers, and held a Law Student Conference in Baku, among other activities intended to advocate for the rights of legal professionals in the country. We also facilitated attendance at various OSCE Meetings for lawyers in GeorgiaKazakhstan and Tajikistan as part of the IBAHRI’s ongoing work in Europe and Central Asia.

https://www.ibanet.org/Human_Rights_Institute/Human-Rights-Institute-Annual-Review-2017.aspx

https://www.protect-lawyers.com/fr/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/07/23/joint-letter-eu-regarding-human-rights-situation-tajikistan

In Tajikistan, reforms undertaken by the Qualifications Committee set up by the Ministry of Justice drastically decreased the number of practising lawyers.

Read more about the situation of Tajik lawyers and the work the IBAHRI has done in partnership with the Tajikistan Barristers’ Union here:https://tinyurl.com/y7rhftx4

(International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Facebook, 9/5/18)

Turkey/IBAHRI: IBAHRI highlights plight of Turkish lawyers on ‘Day of the Endangered Lawyer’

January 24, 2018

To mark the 2018 Day of the Endangered Lawyer, amid growing evidence that human rights defenders and legal professionals in Turkey are being systematically persecuted, detained and prosecuted by Turkish authorities, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the government of Turkey to stop the persecutions. Further, the IBAHRI calls for the cancellation of all proceedings against those who have been arbitrarily detained and/or prosecuted, and for the immediate release of those convicted.

IBAHRI Co-Chair Ambassador (ret.) Hans Corellcommented: ‘The IBAHRI is deeply concerned by the large number of individuals arrested in Turkey who are part of groups promoting human rights and democracy in the country, or who have been working on cases in which authorities were, to some extent, involved. This situation demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the rule of law and is a deliberate attack on human rights defenders and legal professionals. We call on the Turkish government to bring an end to this deplorable situation and to adhere to international instruments, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights, by which Turkey is bound.’

Since a state of emergency was put in place following an attempted coup in 2016, reports make evident that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government have systematically targeted lawyers with 572 lawyers arrested, 1,488 lawyers being prosecuted, 79 lawyers sentenced to long-term imprisonment and approximately 34 bar associations shut down.

According to the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, grounds for prosecutions have commonly been alleged affiliation to an armed terrorist organisation, with sentences of up to 13 years’ imprisonment. A key piece of evidence in linking lawyers to terrorist organisations has been their use of the mobile phone application ByLock, an encrypted and secure messaging app that is widely used in Turkey.

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=33739fd3-43dd-420a-8b88-474915fabfb7

https://turkeypurge.com/ibas-human-rights-institute-says-concerned-torture-jailed-turkish-lawyers

The Philippines: IBAHRI urges President Duterte to ensure due process of law in the Philippines

September 2, 2017

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the extrajudicial killings associated with the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ and urges him to ensure due process of law and protect the human rights of all in the Philippines. Further, amid reports of threatening remarks by the President to shoot human rights officials and kill judges and lawyers, whom he perceives to be conspiring with drug offenders, the IBAHRI calls for President Duterte to respect and uphold the independence of the legal profession.

IBAHRI Co-Chair, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, commented:‘The IBAHRI is aghast at the mounting death toll ascribed to extrajudicial killings subsequent to President Duterte’s declaration of a “war on drugs”. We call for an end to these actions and for arrests to be made and due process to be followed. In relation to vocal attacks on members of the judiciary, lawyers and human rights officers, we call on the President to desist making public threats. It is particularly disturbing that he is naming individual judges and legal professionals, on “narco-lists”, whom he alleges have links to drug syndicates. In so doing, he knowingly puts at risk the personal safety of any listed individual and undermines a fundamental principle of the rule of law: the presumption of innocence.’

She added: ‘Crucially, judicial independence is also undermined as the threats are likely to have a chilling effect on the legal profession, stymieing its ability to function independently. There are human rights violations at every turn.’

President Duterte has been vociferous in his criticism of judges and lawyers, and recently has publicly displayed an updated ‘narco-list’ that includes lawmakers, judges and uniformed personnel suspected of being involved in the drug trade in the Philippines. Despite doubts being cast over the list when one judge was found to be already dead and others dismissed, retired, or without jurisdiction over drug cases, President Duterte threatened that the list would be a ‘death certificate’ for those linked to the drug trade. Additionally, he has warned that the list will be extended to include lawyers of alleged drug dealers, and prosecutors whom he blames for causing the dismissal of cases against the suspects.

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=ac9c3911-9523-4174-b379-f995d998a510