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Turkey: Turkish lawyer facing 143 lawsuits vows to never leave the country

December 18, 2018

Eren Keskin

Prominent Turkish human rights lawyer and activist Eren Keskin, who has 143 legal cases filed against her and is awaiting an appeal against a 12 and-a-half-year prison sentence, told left-wing news site Gazete Duvar that she had no intention of fleeing the country and would continue her struggle from behind bars.

Keskin, who served as the editor-in-chief for pro-Kurdish Özgür Gündem newspaper from 2013 to 2016, has received fines of 14,500 euros in six of the cases on various charges, including publishing articles deemed to have been degrading to the Turkish nation and insulting to the Turkish president.

Keskin has found guilty in 69 of those cases, but the cases remain under review before the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court. Unless the verdicts are reversed, Keskin faces sentences of up to 12 and-a-half years and fines of approximately 93,000 euros. There are still 47 cases against Keskin awaiting verdicts.

“In actuality they want all of us to leave. If we don’t leave they will be forced to change the law. If my sentence is upheld I’m going to continue my struggle. This is my way of life,’’ the 59-year-old lawyer told Gazete Duvar.




https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2018/12/18/eren-keskin-cesur-ve-guzel/?fbclid=IwAR1G0op2XBUE4CrZesKvZl6BPAsERslGF3W9pD5R9mrYxP0zJlCblhYUqiA (TURKCE)

https://ahvalnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/ahvalnews.com/tr/node/33877?amp (TURKCE)

http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/eren-keskin-hakkinda-acilan-143-dava-var-asla-yurtdisina-gitmeyecegim-h115073.html (TURKCE)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eren_Keskin (FRANCAIS)


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Germany/Turkey: Five German police suspended over neo-Nazi threat to lawyer

December 17, 2018

German-Turkish lawyer was sent fax telling her to leave or risk her daughter being killed

Police station in Frankfurt

German prosecutors are investigating a suspected neo-Nazi cell within the Frankfurt police force that is thought to have sent a German-Turkish lawyer a message threatening to kill her two-year-old daughter.

Five police officers – four men and a woman – have been suspended on suspicion of exchanging far-right and racist messages in a chat group and sending the note to the lawyer, Seda Basay-Yildiz, this summer.

The anonymous message, which arrived by fax at Basay-Yildiz’s law firm in August, told her to leave Germany or risk the “slaughter” of her daughter. The note included the lawyer’s home address and was signed “NSU 2.0”, apparently a reference to the National Socialist Underground terror cell responsible for the murder of 10 people – nine of them from immigrant backgrounds – in Germany between 2000 and 2007.

Basay-Yildiz represented one of the victim’s families in the five-year trial of the sole surviving NSU member, Beate Zschäpe, who in July this year received a life sentence.

Basay-Yildiz has previously defended suspected Islamists, and she told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) paper she was used to receiving threats. However, the fax was the first to include her home address and to threaten her child.

A police internal investigation found that an officer’s computer at a station in Frankfurt had accessed a confidential database to obtain Basay-Yildiz’s address shortly before the fax was sent. Phones belonging to police officers on duty at the time were confiscated, revealing that a number of them had been exchanging far-right and racist messages in a chat group.

The officers have now been suspended pending the results of an investigation by Hesse’s state criminal office.






http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/frankfurt-drohbrief-gegen-seda-basay-yildiz-kompromisslos-fuer-den-rechtsstaat-a-1244132.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.zeit.de/gesellschaft/zeitgeschehen/2018-12/rechtsextremismus-frankfurter-polizei-verdacht-ermittlungen (DEUTSCH)

http://www.fr.de/frankfurt/seda-basay-yildiz-kampf-dem-staatlichen-rassismus-a-1640158 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/alman-polisinde-tehlike-canlari-41055475 (TURKCE)

https://www.sabah.com.tr/avrupa/2018/12/18/neo-nazi-polisler-turkleri-tehdit-ediyor (TURKCE)

https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/181218/une-cellule-d-extreme-droite-au-sein-de-la-police-francfort/commentaires (FRANCAIS)

https://www.letemps.ch/une-cellule-dextreme-droite-sein-police-francfort (FRANCAIS)

https://www.lavanguardia.com/internacional/20181217/453609945025/suspendidos-policias-alemanes-amenaza-neonazi-abogada.html (ESPANOL)

https://myprivacy.persgroep.net/?siteKey=6OfBU0sZ5RFXpOOK&callbackUrl=https://www.demorgen.be/privacy-wall/accept?redirectUri=/buitenland/mogelijk-link-tussen-extreemrechtse-terreur-en-duitse-politie-baa59bc8/ (VLAAMS)

https://www.terra.com.br/noticias/alemanha-investiga-rede-extremista-na-policia-de-frankfurt,dc039c43e1330615babea7a56faa7ec1qvnrlvf4.html (PORTUGUES)

Germany/Turkey: Frankfurt police officers investigated over ‘forming neo-Nazi cell’

December 16, 2018

The officers are being probed for allegedly incited racial hatred and shared illegal Nazi imagery

Prosecutors are investigating four police officers in Frankfurt on suspicion of organizing a neo-Nazi cell after they allegedly accessed confidential data on a prominent Turkish-German lawyer and used it to threaten to murder her baby.

Five police officers have been suspended from duty as prosecutors continue their probe into allegations that the officers incited racial hatred and shared illegal Nazi imagery.

The investigation was sparked after Seda Basay-Yildiz, a solicitor known for representing victims of neo-Nazi violence, reported a chilling death threat against her two-year-old daughter, the Frankfurter Neue Presse newspaper reports.

Ms Basay-Yildiz received a fax in August in which a group calling themselves “NSU 2.0” threatened to murder her child.

The name refers to the National Socialist Underground (NSU), a trio of neo-Nazis who murdered Turkish immigrants before being caught a decade ago.

The fax named Ms Basay-Yildiz’s daughter and stated their full home address. Ms Basay-Yildiz told the newspaper that she is used to receiving death threats from far-Right extremists and normally ignores them but “this time it went too far.”

“I couldn’t figure out where the author of the letter got this information from. That’s why I turned to the police,” the lawyer said.

An internal police investigation revealed that Ms Basay-Yildiz’s private information had been accessed from a computer inside the Frankfurt police department.

Further examination led prosecutors to seize hard drives and mobile phones from five officers. Analysis of the devices showed that the officers regularly exchanged images of Hitler and other Nazi imagery via a WhatsApp group.







http://www.fr.de/rhein-main/kriminalitaet/seda-basay-yildiz-wir-schlachten-deine-tochter-a-1639639 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/frankfurt-die-womoeglich-von-rechtsextremen-polizisten.1939.de.html?drn:news_id=956770 (DEUTSCH)

https://www.faz.net/aktuell/rhein-main/frankfurt/drohbrief-an-anwaeltin-seda-basay-yildiz-polizei-unter-druck-15945120.html (DEUTSCH)

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/frankfurt-polizei-rechtsextremismus-fax-1.4255560 (DEUTSCH)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/frankfurt-am-main-lka-ermittelt-gegen-rechtsextremes-netzwerk-innerhalb-der-polizei-a-1244020.html (DEUTSCH)

http://www.gunes.com/dunya/almanyada-turk-avukatin-tehdit-edilmesiyle-ilgili-sorusturma-937653 (TURKCE)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/avrupa/seda-basay-yildizi-kiziyla-tehdit-etmislerdi-5-polise-sorusturma-41053736 (TURKCE)

https://www.20minutes.fr/monde/2397011-20181216-allemagne-arrestation-groupe-policiers-partageant-photos-hitler-croix-gammees-whatsapp (FRANCAIS)

http://www.trt.net.tr/francais/europe/2018/12/16/allemagne-une-avocate-turque-menacee-des-policiers-allemands-impliques-1107875 (FRANCAIS)

https://elcomercio.pe/mundo/europa/alemania-investigan-policias-formar-grupo-neonazi-amenazar-abogada-noticia-nndc-588340 (ESPANOL)

https://cronachedi.it/2018/12/16/germania-poliziotti-indagati-per-chat-neonazista-e-minacce-ad-avvocato/ (ITALIANO)

Turkey: ‘Possible Perpetrators’ of Tahir Elçi Murder Identified

December 14, 2018

Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Aydın has stated that documents and information in the investigation of Elçi murder were analyzed at University of London’s Forensic Architecture Department and possible perpetrators of his murder have been identified.

Diyarbakır Bar Association made a statement for the press in front of Diyarbakır Courthouse today (December 13).

Bar Association Chair Cihan Aydın announced that the information and documents in the file of the investigation launched into the murder of former Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Tahir Elçi, who was murdered in Diyarbakır on November 28, 2015, have been analyzed at University of London’s Department of Forensic Architecture.

Aydın stated that the possible perpetrators of the Tahir Elçi murder have been identified in the analyses.

“There are one and more than one perpetrators”

Reminding that the documents and information included in the file of the investigation were sent to the university almost two years ago, Aydın announced that the report prepared by the Department of Forensic Architecture of London University was delivered to the Diyarbakır Bar Association yesterday (December 13).

Stating that the Diyarbakır Bar Association will submit the report to the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office along with a petition, Aydın announced that the possible perpetrators of the murder have been identified.

Aydın said, “As it has also been supported by scientific data, for us, there are now one and more than one perpetrators.”

What happened?

Tahir Elçi, who was the Chair of Diyarbakır Bar Association, was murdered in front of the Four-Legged Minaret in Sur in Turkey’s southeastern province of Diyarbakır on November 28, 2015 during a statement for the press.

Though it has been three years since the murder of Tahir Elçi, the perpetrators have still not been brought to justice.



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


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Turkey/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Trial against lawyer Can Tombul

December 13, 2018

On 12 December, Lawyers for Lawyers, Fair Trial Watch, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the European Democratic Lawyers and the Human Rights Committee of the Norwegian Bar Association called on the authorities of Turkey to immediately release lawyer Can Tombul. 


Can Tombul works as a lawyer of the Law Bureau of the Oppressed (EHB). Together with his colleagues Mr. Tombul represents victims and family members of victims of the bombings / massacres in Ankara and Suruç in 2015. He has also been involved in documenting human rights violations in South-East Turkey.

Can Tombul was arrested on 31 July 2018 in Istanbul on charges of ‘membership of a terrorist organization’, and has been held in pre-trail detention ever since. The first hearing in his case was on 13 December 2018. We were informed that his case file contains information that directly relates to his work as a lawyer: regarding meetings with clients, telephone calls, twitter messages about cases and about human rights violations, demonstrations etc. Two funerals he attended in 2013 and 2015 are also cited as evidence of the charges against him.







https://www.advokatforeningen.no/aktuelt/Nyheter/2018/desember/menneskerettighetsutvalget-stotter-tyrkiske-advokater/ (NORWEGIAN)


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Büromuz avukatlarından Can Tombul’un tutuklu yargılandığı davanın ilk duruşması 13 Aralık Perşembe günü saat 10:30 da İstanbul(Çağlayan) 35. Ağır Ceza Mahkemesi’nde görülecek. Meslektaşlarımızı ve tüm dostlarımızı dayanışmaya çağırıyoruz.

(Ezilenlerin Hukuk Bürosu Facebook, 10/12/18)


Turkey/Day of the Endangered Lawyer: Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019 (London)

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Event TypeSeminar
When24/01/2019 17:30 – 20:30Add Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019 To Your CalendarAdd To Your Calendar
VenueThe Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
CostNo charge 

Overview SRA Competencies: A1, C3

Since 2010, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer is organised to draw attention to the situation of lawyers at risk in a particular country. In 2019, the focus will be on Turkey, because of the widespread arrests, detentions, and dismissals of members of the legal profession in the country – especially since the attempted coup in 2016.

This seminar, organised jointly by the Law Society and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, will focus on the circumstances that lawyers in Turkey face (pre and post the failed coup), the enactment of emergency decree laws, the lack of admissibility of Turkish cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), specifics of litigating Turkish cases before the ECtHR, trial observation in Turkey, and advocacy efforts.

Welcome by Christina Blacklaws, president, Law Society
Ozlem Zingil, lawyer, Turkey
Achilleas Demetriades, applicant’s lawyer in Loizidou v. Turkey, and other ECtHR cases
Tony Fisher, chair, Law Society Human Rights Committee
Natacha Bracq, programme lawyer, International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute

Concluding remarks by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, director, IBA Human Rights Institute








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Turkey: Human Rights Honorary Award of Union of Turkish Bar Associations to Tahir Elçi

December 11, 2018

The Union of Turkish Bar Associations has announced that the Human Rights Honorary Award of the union has been given to Tahir Elçi, Chair of Diyarbakır Bar Association, who was murdered in Diyarbakır three years ago.

On December 10 Human Rights Day, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) announced that the Human Rights Honorary Award of the union has been given to Tahir Elçi, who was the Chair of Diyarbakır Bar Association and murdered on November 28, 2015 in Sur, Diyarbakır.

Speaking about the award, Chair of the TBB Metin Feyzioğlu stated, “It has been agreed that Human Rights Honorary Award of the TBB will be given to our deceased Chair Tahir Elçi. Every lawyer is a human rights defender.”

Feyzioğlu made a statement at the international symposium entitled “Protection of Human Rights Defender Lawyers”, which was jointly held by the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) and the Council of Europe on the occasion of the December 10 Human Rights Day.

In his speech, Feyzioğlu said, “The executive board of the Union of Turkish Bar Associations convened on December 10 Human Rights Day and we have agreed to award the Union of Turkish Bar Associations Human Rights Honorary Award to lawyer Tahir Elçi, our esteemed colleague and brother, who paid the price of his struggle with his life.”



http://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/203397-tbb-nin-insan-haklari-onur-odulu-tahir-elci-ye (TURKCE)

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/tbb-onur-odulu-tahir-elciye-41047341 (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2018/12/14/diyarbakir-baro-baskani-aydin-tahir-elci-cinayetinin-artik-bir-faili-var-var/?fbclid=IwAR2aAnjniNjLMo6Wzzh8tS2EHyN0DKV07AEAbgAwmVzYkXVmkHMPZwLhb80 (TURKCE)

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


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