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Turkey/AI: #FreeRightsDefenders

August 23, 2017

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Turkey: Turkey’s Supreme Court Member Dies After Being Released In Intensive Care

August 22, 2017

Turkey’s Supreme Court member Mustafa Erdoğan, who was detained at a hospital room, lost his life on Tuesday morning after being released in critical care, Samanyolu Haber reported.

The medical reports showing the criticality of his situation were ignored and the appeals for his release were rejected. His daughter Buket Erdoğan had earlier said: “My father is fighting for his life in a cell. He is getting infected in the prison.”

ErdoÄźan was put to sleep nine days ago since he lost his consciousness and was released later on.

The reason for Erdoğan’s arrest is not known since no indictment was written.

Erdoğan is only one of thousands of judges and prosecutors who were imprisoned without any evidence following a controversial coup attempt last summer.

The Turkish government has arrested a total of 2,431 judges and prosecutors and dismissed 4,424 others since a botched coup attempt on July 15, 2016, a recent Constitutional Court general assembly ruling revealed.





International Bar Association/China/Turkey/Burma: Human Rights Award 2017 Shortlisted Candidates

Ramazan Demir

Ramazan Demir is a Turkish human rights lawyer, who has in his young career he has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of the human rights of all, and of the Kurdish people in Turkey in particular. Since 2009, Ramazan has continued to represent victims, journalists, and lawyers in the Kurdish areas of Turkey. Unfortunately, due to his valuable human rights work, Ramazan has faced serious personal consequences as criminal charges have been brought against him twice. The second time, in April 2016, Ramazan has been charged with terrorist related activities, because of his work for TUAD (an association for relatives of prisoners in Southeast Turkey). Furthermore, the case-file against him clearly shows that his activities as a human rights lawyer and his relationship with the international human rights community were used as grounds for the accusations against him. Despite the fact that the trial is still on-going, Ramazan took up his work for victims of human rights violations again and continues working for them up until today. The next hearing will be on 13 September 2017. Members of the judging panel noted that in terms of Ramazan’s efforts in the protection and advancement of Human Rights, he has made “significant personal endeavours” and in terms of the international impact and sustainability, Ramazan has made “a high impact on defence work in extremely challenging and threatening circumstances”. Lawyers for Lawyers, the organisation that nominated Ramazan, because they believe he is “a prominent and fearless defender of the rule of law and human rights.”

U Ko Ni

U Ko Ni was an activist, lawyer, author and academic. He worked tirelessly against the military dominance in Myanmar, contributing to the repeal of certain controversial laws and vigorously advocating for the amending of the military drafted 2008 Constitution. The 2008 Constitution reserves 25 percent of parliamentary seats for the military, empowers the military to appoint the ministers of defense, home affairs, and border affairs, and allows the military to dissolve the government during a national emergency. In private conversations, U Ko Ni was frank about the need to reform the 2008 Constitution in order to tackle Myanmar’s most serious problems and to strengthen the rule of law. U Ko Ni also became increasingly concerned about the myriad of ways in which Muslims are marginalised and discriminated in Myanmar and was eager to find ways to make a difference, notably through discussing hate speech and hate crimes in Myanmar and potential solutions. Members of the judging panel noted that he was a “significant advocate for protection of minorities in Myanmar” and had an “outstanding track record.” U Ko Ni was assassinated on 29 January 2017, several INGOs and others condemned the assassination. The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), along with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada in their joint statement described U Ko Ni as somebody “who strongly advocated against religious discrimination and for inter-communal peace”, and called for “a prompt, impartial and effective investigation capable of identifying all those responsible and holding them accountable in a fair trial.”

Xie Yang

After an attempt to visit Chen Guangcheng, a laywer who was put under house arrest in Shandong province, which ended in a shocking and violent interception, Xie Yang, at the age of 38, made the decision to become a human rights lawyer. From then on, until his arrest in July 2015, Xie Yang represented dozens of human rights cases, confronted China’s human rights abuses and dictatorial ills, and spoke out fearlessly on China’s social media for his belief in democracy and universal human rights. Xie Yang was arrested during China’s ongoing crackdown on human rights lawyers and activists in July 2015, and then was subjected to 6 months of secret detention during which time he was cruelly tortured. Last November, 17 months after his arrest, Xie Yang was finally allowed to see his own lawyers where he requested that a thorough description of the torture he had suffered should be published to expose the widespread use of torture in China. The torture revelations marked a turning point, as the international outcry against torture made it impossible for China to continue its planned trials and sentences. The government signalled that it would release Xie Yang in “due time,” while since late February, Xie Yang’s lawyers have been prevented from meeting him. On May 8, Xie Yang was tried, and in the court and on camera he admitted guilty and denied torture. He was released on that day, but except for a couple of appearances in the company of police, he has been disappeared and his wife and relatives have not been able to contact him. Members of the judging panel noted Xie Yang had given an “outstanding personal sacrifice and commitment to the causes of human rights.”


Turkey/Germany: Turkish political refugees flock to Germany, seeking safety

August 20, 2017

The Turkish judge sits in a busy cafe in a big German city. Thirteen months ago, he was a respected public servant in his homeland. Now he is heartbroken and angry over the nightmarish turn of events that brought him here.

The day after a 2016 coup attempt shook Turkey, he was blacklisted along with thousands of other judges and prosecutors. The judge smiles, sadly, as he recounts hiding at a friend’s home, hugging his crying son goodbye and paying smugglers to get him to safety.

“I’m very sad I had to leave my country,” he said, asking for his name and location to be withheld out of fear that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government might track him down. “But at least I’m safe and out of Erdogan’s reach. He cannot hurt me anymore.”

Germany has become the top destination for political refugees from Turkey since the failed July 15, 2016 coup. Some 5,742 Turkish citizens applied for asylum here last year, more than three times as many as the year before, according to the Interior Ministry. Another 3,000 Turks have requested protection in Germany this year.



Turkey: Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers

August 19, 2017

ERZURUM – Prosecution of The Arrested Lawyers in Erzurum Continued

7 lawyers who are the members of Erzurum and Erzincan Bar Associations were on trial in Erzurum 2nd High Criminal Court. Lawyer Mehmet Güzel who is former president of Erzurum Bar Association and other 4 lawyers are are under arrest since 4th August 2016. At the end of the a-day hearing; The Court released one of the arrested lawyers and adjourned the hearing.

7 lawyers have been accused of “membership of the armed terrorist organisation” and pursuant to Turkish Penal Code, this offence requires 5 to 15 years imprisonment.

ANKARA – Prosecution of The Arrested Lawyers in Ankara Started

Screenshot_20170621-11460952 lawyers, 20 of them are under arrest for more than one year were on trial this week in Ankara 22nd High Criminal Court. After the failed coup attempt, in the August of 2016 more than 60 lawyers were taken into custody in Ankara and 26 of them have been subsequently arrested. During the investigation period 6 lawyers were released.

Ankara Chief Prosecutorial Office indicted 52 lawyers for “to be member  of armed terrorist organisation, to admin an armed terrorist organisation and to attempt to overthrow government” and pursuant to Turkish Penal Code, these offences require 22,5 years and life time imprisonment.

Weekly Report: The Persecution On Turkish Lawyers

Turkey/Norway: Turkish law professor wins Norwegian human rights award


Oslo Ăśniversitesi 2017 Ä°nsan Hakları Ă–dĂĽlĂĽ’nĂĽ almışım – bu söyleĹźi onunla ve son bir yılki sĂĽreçle ilgili. Ă–dĂĽl Töreni Kasım’da Oslo’da . Ä°nĹźallah – bakalım….
I was informed that I have received University of Oslo’s 2017 Human Rights Award (Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize) . This interview is about that and on the last one year. Award Ceremony at Oslo will be in November. Let’s hope for the best & see…

(Istar Gozaydin Facebook)

https://www.uniforum.uio.no/nyheter/2017/08/istanbul.html (NORWEGIAN)

https://www.document.no/2017/08/17/ishtar-gozaydin-prisbelonnet-av-uio-kan-fa-15-ar-bak-murene/ (NORWEGIAN)







Turkey: Coup suspect soldier’s lawyer arrested in MÄ°T trucks case

August 16, 2017

Deniz Akbulut, the lawyer for noncommissioned officer Gökhan Güçlü, one of the suspects on trial for an assassination attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the night of a failed coup last year, was detained as he was leaving the Muğla Courthouse after a hearing on Wednesday and arrested by a court as part of an investigation into halted intelligence agency trucks in 2014.

According to the HaberTürk daily, Akbulut was accused of being a “courier” between gendarmes who stopped Syria-bound National Intelligence Organization (MİT) trucks near Adana in 2014 and Hamza Ali Ece, an alleged imam of the Gülen movement, which is accused of being behind the failed coup. The movement strongly denies the accusations.

Akbulut was arrested by a court on Wednesday.

Akbulut’s client Güçlü was a target of the pro-government media after he was thrown out of a courtroom in July for wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero.”

Several people across Turkey have been detained, some of them arrested, for wearing hero T-shirts.