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Turkey: 29-year-old purge-victim lawyer commits suicide in Turkey’s Zonguldak: report

April 17, 2019

29-year-old purge-victim lawyer commits suicide in Turkey’s Zonguldak: report


Emir Said İnam, a Turkish lawyer from Zonguldak’s Devrek district, killed himself at his home April 16, Turkish police said.

According to the Cumhuriyet daily, his family members called for an ambulance and  he was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

İnam’s father was a purge-victim teacher as he was dismissed from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government after a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The family was often subject to mistreatment and harasment over their alleged links to Turkey’s Gulen movement.

Turkish government accuses Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 150,000 people have been detained and 90,000 arrested over Gulen links since the summer of 2016.

29-year-old purge-victim lawyer commits suicide in Turkey’s Zonguldak: report

http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1348093/Bursa_Barosu_Baskani_ndan_KHK_paylasimi__O_avukat_bu_yuzden_canina_kiydi.html (TURKCE)

http://www.pusulagazetesi.com.tr/kendini-vuran-genc-avukat-topraga-verildi-119855-haberler.html (TURKCE)

Turkey: Eighteen Lawyers from People’s Law Office sentenced to between three and 18 years in prison

April 16, 2019


On 18, 19 and 20 March 2019, three hearings were held in the Istanbul 37th High Criminal Court in the case of 20 lawyers from the People’s Law Office, six of them currently in detention. Eighteen human rights lawyers were prosecuted on terrorism-related charges and sentenced to between three and 18 years in prison. The cases of the remaining two human rights lawyers, Oya Aslan and Günay Dağ, remain open due to their absence from all three hearings.

On 18 March 2019, the Chief Justice opened the hearing by stating that the judges would hear the final statements of the defendants and announce the final verdict thereafter. The defence of the human rights lawyers objected by arguing that the case had not yet arrived at the defence phase. The defence further argued that according to the interim decision made by the court on 7 December 2018, the defendants had been given time until the hearing which was scheduled for 18 March 2019 to submit their demands regarding an extension to the scope of the prosecution as well as their responses to the statements made by the witnesses. The court initially rejected these objections, stating that they constituted an attempt at prolonging the legal proceedings. However, the defence lawyers insisted that they had the right to raise all issues related to the accusations during the hearings as well as to discuss their requests submitted to the court between the two hearings. Further, they argued that the court was obliged to at least hear all their requests and statements before pronouncing the final judgement. In reaction to the insistence of the lawyers, the court allowed them to respond to the statements made by the witnesses, and then changed its decision again in the middle of the hearing to only allow for a discussion on the requests regarding the extension of the prosecution. While the defence lawyers drew attention to the irregularities in the legal proceedings and the importance of impartiality and fair trial standards, they received warnings from the court for “objecting to court decisions”, “using accusatory language towards the judges” and “speaking without permission”. The court closed the hearing by announcing that there was nothing left to discuss regarding the accusations, and asked the defendants to prepare their defence for the next day.





Turkey: Istanbul lawyer detained, beaten by Erdoğan’s guards for questioning blocked traffic

April 16, 2019

Turkish lawyer beaten by President Erdoğan’s bodyguards in İstanbul: report

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security guards detained and beat an Istanbul lawyer for insulting the president after questioning blocked traffic at the site of a wedding ceremony attended by Erdoğan, Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The incident took place when lawyer Sertuğ Sürenoğlu asked police why traffic was blocked around the city’s Çırağan Palace, where Erdoğan was in attendance for a high profile wedding on Sunday, the newspaper said.

Erdoğan’s security handcuffed Sürenoğlu and placed him in a vehicle where he was beaten for two hours, it said, adding that the security guards then forced Sürenoğlu to sign a police report stating that he had insulted Erdoğan.

The lawyer was then handed over to police who took him into a station, Cumhuriyet said.

After being questioned for insulting the president, Sürenoğlu was released on house arrest.

“I didn’t even know that President Erdoğan was going to be there. I only asked why the road was blocked off. I absolutely did not insult the president. I was tortured by the president’s guards and forced me to sign a report saying I had insulted the president,” Cumhuriyet quoted Sürenoğlu as saying in his statement while in police custody.

Insulting the president carries a sentence between one and four years, according to the Turkish Penal Code.


President Erdogan’s security details tortured a Turkish lawyer

Turkish lawyer beaten by President Erdoğan’s bodyguards in İstanbul: report

Erdogan's bodyguards, beaten the lawyer, he had the record signed!


European court rules Turkey violated top judge’s rights of liberty

https://gozlemgazetesi.com/HaberDetay/252/1112437/korumalar-tarafindan-darp-edildigi-iddia-edilen-avukat-sertug-surenoglu.html (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/372222/kozagaclinin-babasinin-cenazesine-kelepceli-goturulmesine-tepki (TURKCE)

http://www.armenews.com/spip.php?page=article&id_article=11587 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.challenges.fr/monde/un-juge-constitutionnel-turc-fait-condamner-ankara-a-strasbourg_653541 (FRANCAIS)

Turkey: Tahir Elçi’s Struggle to Continue at the Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation

April 15, 2019

The “Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation” has been founded in the memory of late Diyarbakır Bar Association Chair Elçi, who was killed in the southeastern city in 2015.

The Tahir Elçi Human Rights Foundation has been founded in the name of Tahir Elçi, the late chair of the Diyarbakır Bar Association who was killed on November 28, 2015.

The foundation will operate in the mostly Kurdish-populated southeastern province of Diyarbakır, with Elçi’s wife, Türkan Elçi, acting as the board chair. Lawyer Neşet Girasun, a colleague of Elçi, will be the deputy board chair.

The foundation will work on the social and political problems to be solved through peaceful methods.

Roboski families attended the opening

Along with Türkan Elçi, a large number of lawyers and the families of those who were killed in the Roboski Massacre attended the opening reception of the foundation.

After a video that tells the legal struggle of Tahir Elçi was screened, Türkan Elçi made a statement and told about the aim of the foundation.

“To create a world out of the voice of justice”

“Like in different times in history, we witnessed rights violations, destruction of cities, recorded or unrecorded deaths that we have difficulties even talking about in the last few years. We too witnessed a pain that we will carry with ourselves until we die.

“Despite everything, we tried to make a heart suffering inside courageous. We made it our aim for ourselves to found a foundation as a family to the pain inside us not turn into hatred and hate, on the contrary, to turn into a platform that is unifying and inclusive for all the parts of the society.



http://www.diyarbakirsoz.com/yasam/bar305351-diyenin-mirasc305lar305y305z-194026 (TURKCE)

https://bianet.org/bianet/insan-haklari/207447-tahir-elci-nin-mucadelesi-tahir-elci-insan-haklari-vakfi-nda-yurutulecek (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/tahir-elci-katledilisinin-3uncu-yilinda-anildi-91853.html (TURKCE)

https://www.gazeteduvar.com.tr/gundem/2019/04/12/tahir-elcinin-mucadelesini-vakif-yurutecek/ (TURKCE)

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

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Turkey: Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakfı açıldı: Koca boşluk vakfımızın varlık sebebi

Uğradığı silahlı saldırı sonucu yaşamını yitiren Diyarbakır Barosu Başkanı Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakıf açılışı bugün yapıldı. Açılışta Tahir Elçi’nin eşi Türkan Elçi bir konuşma yaptı.

Uğradığı silahlı saldırı sonucu yaşamını yitiren Diyarbakır Barosu Başkanı Tahir Elçi İnsan Hakları Vakfı açılışında Türkan Elçi konuştu. Elçi açılış konuşmasında, “Ölünceye kadar beraberimizde taşıyacağımız bir acıya ortak olduk” dedi.


Tahir Elçi’nin eşi Türkan Elçi, vakfın kuruluş amaçlarını anlatırken nasıl karar verdiklerini şöyle anlattı: “Her şeye rağmen biz yine de yüreği cesaretli kılmaya çalıştık. Yaşadığımız acının bir yandan yasını tutarken öte yandan içimizdeki acının kine nefrete dönüşmemesi aksine toplumun her kesimini birleştirici, kucaklayabileceği bir mecraya dönüşebilmesi için ailece bir vakıf kurmayı kendimize amaç edindik. Kızımla beraber kurmuş olduğumuz aile vakfının topluma mal olabilmesi, mücadelemizin güçlenebilmesi için vicdanlı, cesaret sahibi seslere ihtiyacımızın olduğunu duyurmak için yönetim kurulumuzla beraber düzenlediğimiz bu açılış gününde sizlerle bir arada bulunmanın gururunu yaşıyoruz.”



https://www.news24.com/Columnists/GuestColumn/turkey-a-democracy-in-crisis-20190414 (ENGLISH)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tahir_El%C3%A7i (ENGLISH)

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

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Turkey: 300 purge victim judges, prosecutors barred from obtaining law licenses: report

April 11, 2019

Three hundred judges and prosecutors who were dismissed by the Turkish government but also acquitted or cleared of charges of membership in terrorist organizations have been prohibited from obtaining law licenses, according to the Rule of Law Platform, BBC Turkish service reported on Thursday.

They are mostly former judges or prosecutors who were purged by a government decree during a two-year-long state of emergency declared after a failed coup in 2016.

Turkey dismissed them for alleged affiliation with terrorist groups designated by the country’s National Security Council (MGK).

While the dismissals were primarily based on administrative investigations conducted by the public institutions in which they were working at the time, some criminal investigations were also launched into them.

After their acquittals, the dismissed judges and prosecutors were free to apply to bar associations for law licenses.

Initially, the bar associations rejected their applications; however, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB) later overruled the rejections.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry appealed the TBB’s decision in a local court, which ruled in favor of the ministry. An appeals court also upheld the verdict.

According to the government decrees, dismissed public servants cannot be hired for any public office, and the Justice Ministry deems serving a private lawyer to be a public duty.

At this point, some of the purged lawyers individually applied to the Constitutional Court but have not yet received a decision. On the other hand, the TBB has started to reject applications from purge victims based on the latest ruling from the appeals court.

300 purge victim judges, prosecutors barred from obtaining law licenses: report

Erdoğan manages to install his choice as new European Court of Human Rights judge

Turkey/Lawyers for Lawyers: Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

April 10, 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı to receive L4L Award 2019

Selçuk Kozağaçlı, a human rights lawyer from Turkey, will receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. By selecting Selçuk Kozağaçlı, the expert jury “wants to applaud the unwavering dedication of both Selçuk Kozağaçlı and his colleagues to defending the basic human rights of their clients.”


Furthermore, with this award, “the jury also honours the many Turkish lawyers that have been prosecuted in Turkey for doing their job”.

Human rights lawyers from across the world were nominated for the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019. The expert jury (Ms Heikelien Verrijn Stuart, Mr Cees Flinterman, Mr Egbert Myjer, Ms Els Swaab and Ms Channa Samkalden) selected Selçuk Kozağaçlı as the laureate. The Jury chose lawyers Ramazan DemirVeysel Ok and Ali Yildiz, also from Turkey, as the lawyers for the shortlist.

On Thursday 23 May 2019, the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019 will be presented in Amsterdam. Prior to this ceremony a very interesting seminar will be held. The seminar will be organized in collaboration with the Amsterdam Bar Association and the Justitia Commission of the Young Lawyers Association Amsterdam. The main topic of the seminar will concern the developments surrounding the proposed European Convention on the Profession of Lawyers. Click here to register for this event.







HRW Report: (Turkish) Lawyers on Trial

HRW: Turkey has arbitrarily jailed hundreds of lawyers since 2016 coup

https://www.cnnturk.com/haberleri/selcuk-kozagacli (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/tr/news/2019/04/10/329017 (TURKCE)

https://www.evrensel.net/haber/377247/insan-haklari-izleme-orgutu-adil-yargilanma-hakki-saldiri-altinda (TURKCE)

https://www.voaindonesia.com/a/hrw-turki-penjarakan-ratusan-pengacara/4869703.html (TURKCE)

https://www.hrw.org/de/news/2019/04/10/tuerkei-massenverfolgung-von-rechtsanwaelten (DEUTSCH)

https://www.adressa.no/nyheter/utenriks/2019/04/10/HRW-med-kraftig-kritikk-av-Tyrkias-rettsforf%C3%B8lgelse-av-advokater-18831697.ece (NORWEGIAN)

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