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Turkey/EU: PACE Report: Situation Of Lawyers In Turkey Causes Grave Concerns

December 14, 2017

“The situation of lawyers in Turkey following the failed coup d’état of July 2016 and that of lawyers representing Kurdish clients, or otherwise associated with the Kurdish cause, have both given rise to grave concerns,” said Sabien Lahaye-Battheu, a reporter appointed by Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe (PACE) for “The case for drafting a European Convention on the profession of lawyer.

Laheye-Battheu, who is a member of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) at European Parliament from Belgium, has also stated in her report’s provisional version that “the decree laws introduced under Turkey’s state of emergency reduced the rights of the defence” in the country.

The report’s parts related to the situation of defence and lawyers in Turkey as follow:

“According to the CCBE, by September 13, 2017, 1343 lawyers were subject to criminal prosecution and 524 had been arrested since the coup. These included 18 lawyers who had been representing the university lecturer and teacher dismissed under the emergency decree-laws.

“Further mass arrests of lawyers accused of links with the Gülen movement include those of 19 lawyers in Kahramanmaraş province, 11 lawyers in Denizli province, arrest warrants for 62 members of the İstanbul Bar Association, 22 lawyers in İzmir (including Taner Kılıç, chair of Amnesty International Turkey), 4 lawyers and members of the Human Rights Association (IHD) in Mardin province; 22 lawyers in Antalya and 50 lawyers in İstanbul.

“On May 9, 2017, Mustafa Özben, a lawyer and academic at a university shut down by the Turkish government on account of alleged links to the Gülen movement, was abducted in Ankara, following which his wife filed a complaint with the Turkish Constitutional Court alleging that he was kidnapped by the Turkish intelligence services.

“In July 2017, 3 lawyers were imprisoned for up to 12 years on charges relating to links to the Gülen movement.

“The CCBE has referred to a statement by the Adana Bar Association expressing its members ‘fear’ and ‘concern’ about possible reprisals against lawyers…, the decision made by some not to provide legal assistance to people detained in relation to the failed coup, and the negative treatment they faced from the police and prosecutors if they represented the detainees.





December 13, 2017

Over 40 members of Congress recently sent a letter urging President Trump to call on Turkish officials to stop the prosecution of human rights defenders, drop charges against Taner Kılıç and the Istanbul 10, and immediately and unconditionally release those still in detention. This letter was co-sponsored by Representatives Randy Hultgren and Jim McGovern.

It states: “If these prosecutions are allowed to move forward without a clear response from the United States government, a precedent will be set that will not only threaten the legitimate work of Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, but will also embolden authoritarian regimes around the world. The Turkish government must understand that business as usual cannot continue under these conditions. The costs for human rights in Turkey – and for human rights around the world – will be immensely and unacceptably high.”

“We welcome Congressional support for Taner and the Istanbul 10, especially in light of the court’s decision to keep Taner behind bars. When human rights defenders are attacked for speaking up for fundamental rights, all our freedoms are put at risk,” said Naureen Shah, senior director of campaigns at Amnesty International USA. “Peaceful activists must be allowed to do their important work without fear of arrest or persecution in order to ensure a stable society with rights for all.”






Turkey: Member Of Turkish Court Of Cassation In Jail For 16 Months Due To False ByLock Record

December 13, 2017

Ali Yıldız, a senior judge and a dismissed member of Turkey’s Court of Cassation, has been kept in jail for 16 months due to false ByLock record, reported Brussels-based online news portal TR724.

The judicial oppression of the Turkish government which first dismissed thousands of judges and prosecutors and had later imprisoned them in the aftermath of a controversial coup attempt on July 15, 2016 continues. It has emerged during in a trial of supreme court judges pending in Ankara on Tuesday  that a member of the Court of Cassation has been kept in prison for 16 months on ground of someone else’s records due to the similarity of names, despite the fact that he did not use Bylock.

Ali Yıldız, a former member of the Court of Cassation, appeared before before the 9th Criminal Chamber of the Court of Cassation. The Court of Cassation Public Prosecutor read out the summary of the indictment about the suspect at the hearing. The talks that Yıldız had with his colleagues prior to the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) election were narrated as meeting of a “terror organisation.”



Turkey: ‘There’s no logic’: Turkey begins trial of academics charged with ‘terror offences’ after signing petition

December 5, 2017

Prof. Kaboğlu’ndan ‘Sarraf davası’ yorumu

Turkey on Tuesday began the hugely controversial trial of a group of academics charged with terror offences for signing a petition calling for peace in the Kurdish-dominated southeast.

More 1,120 Turkish and also foreign academics signed the petition which emerged in January 2016 calling for an end to the military’s crackdown on outlawed Kurdish rebels in the southeast that had begun six months earlier.

The academics say the petition was an apolitical call for peace but prosecutors charged 146 of the signatories with making propaganda for the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

The first 10 – from Istanbul University and Galatasaray University – went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday with the hearing attended by EU diplomats including the French ambassador.

Each suspect had a 10-minute hearing at the start of a marathon process expected to continue until at least April. The prosecution has chosen not to stage a mass trial involving all the suspects in the same case.


Professor Ibrahim Kaboglu, whose hearing is set for December 21, called the trial an “absurdity.”

“It’s a paradoxical dilemma. There’s no logic. It cannot be justified legally,” said Kaboglu, who lost his job after signing the petition.

“The trial is rooted in freedom of expression, which is a crucial problem for Turkey,” he said.



http://www.abcgazetesi.com/prof-kaboglundan-sarraf-davasi-yorumu-70719h.htm (TURKCE)

http://ibrahimkaboglu.org/ (TURKCE)

https://tr.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%B0brahim_Kabo%C4%9Flu (TURKCE)

http://www.idhae.org/observatoire-fr-wews1721.htm (FRANCAIS)

http://www.focus.de/politik/ausland/tuerkei-erdogan-will-akademiker-im-10-minuten-takt-verurteilen-die-trotzen-der-willkuer_id_7950513.html (DEUTSCH)

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Egypt/Turkey: Human rights advocates under threat worldwide

December 10, 2017

Mohamed Zaree (picture alliance/AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

“It’s very difficult trying to hide where I’m going from my kids, and trying to make my mom feel that everything will be fine – with them knowing I’m lying,” Egyptian human rights lawyer Mohamed Zaree, looking visibly tense, told a TV reporter on May 23, 2017, one day prior to his court hearing in Cairo. The authorities have alleged that Zaree represents a security threat and that he has tarnished his country’s reputation.

“These charges could put me in jail for 25 years,” Zaree explained. And added: “My kids will grow up without me. I’m concerned about all of this; there are so many things on my mind.”

The following day, Zaree was released on bail. But the charges against him have not been dropped. During his time as the Egypt office director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, Mohamed Zaree co-authored a 2014 report on the country’s human rights situation. UN member states are expected to regularly produce such “Universal Periodic Reviews” and submit them to the United Nations Human Rights Council to help assess human rights situations in each country.

Protective human rights awards

This year, Mohamed Zaree won the Martin Ennals Award — a prize that is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for human rights”.



Turkey: “Turkey, Under State of Emergency” (Online photography exhibition)

December 1, 2017


(Lawyers being detained in the province of Mersin. According to the data compiled by the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, 1448 lawyers have been prosecuted with 562 of them in pretrial detention. 69 lawyers were sentenced ranging from 4 to 14 years.)

In the 15/07/2016, Turkey witnessed a coup attempt.

The 3-month State of Emergency regime which was declared immediately after the coup attempt (21/07/2016) by the Council of Ministers “to preserve the democratic order” has been extended five times.

Despite calls by the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Venice Commission and human rights institutions to end, the State of Emergency Regime is still in force.

On the contrary to the purpose of declaring, the State of Emergency Regime has been used subversively against the democratic parliamentary system, the rule of law and human rights.

Under the Emergency State Regime;

  • 27 deputies were taken into custody, 90 mayors were dismissed,
  • 61.247 people, including 16 deputies, two members of the Constitutional Court, 193 members of the Court of Cassation judiciary, 2360 judges and prosecutors, 562 lawyers and 308 journalists, have been arrested,
  • As of today, 128,998 people have been taken into custody with the charge of being the member of an armed terrorist organization and police operations continue without interruption.

With the 27 State of Emergency Decrees which exempt from judicial review,

  • 146,713 public servants including 4463 judges and prosecutors, 8693 academics, 6687 doctors and paramedics 44,392 teachers were dismissed,
  • 3003 private hospitals, schools, student dorms and universities, 187 media outlets,1,412 associations and 139 foundations were shut down, and all their assets were confiscated.
  • And also 1020 companies were seized.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International report that torture and ill-treatment are about to become the epidemic.

“Turkey, Under State of Emergency”

IDHAE: Free the Lawyers now!

December 9, 2017

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Protecting #humanrights for all is essential to maintaining international peace On this Human Rights Day ask for the release of these heroes who are advancing human rights in #SaudiaArabia , in#Egypt , in #Turkey in #UAE#StandUp4HumanRights#
Free the Lawyers now !

(L’Observatoire IDHAE Facebook)


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Activists in Egypt, like Mahienour and many others, are facing trial based on the Protest Law as well as the Assembly Law.
The latter has been put together in the year 1914 during the British Colonialism. It criminalises “an assembly that constitutes of more than 5 people, which shall risk the general peace…”

A law that was issued more than 100 years ago is the tool that is used to crack upon human rights activists.


(الحرية لماهينور – Free Mahienour Facebook)

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