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Turkey/AI: Amnesty Chair to be released after more than a year behind bars

August 15, 2018

Honorary Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kılıç

Following a decision by a court in Istanbul to release the Chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kılıç , after more than fourteen months behind bars, Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s new Secretary General said:

“We are overjoyed at this news. It has taken us more than a year of campaigning and struggle to get here, but it appears that Taner will finally be freed. Whilst we rejoice at this decision, our celebrations will only truly begin when he is safely back at home in the arms of his wife and daughters.

“But beneath the smiles of joy and relief there will be sorrow, anger and a steely determination. Sorrow for all the things Taner has missed during his cruel incarceration. Anger that the baseless charges against him and the Istanbul 10 have not been dropped. And determination to continue our fight for human rights in Turkey and for the release of all other human rights defenders who have been unjustly jailed in the vicious crackdown.

“Today we take a moment to celebrate, but tomorrow our struggle will continue, re-energized by the example set by Taner himself – a man who knows the importance of human rights and is willing to dedicate his life to defending them.”










http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/haber/turkiye/1056340/Buyukada_davasi_sanigi_Taner_Kilic_in_tahliyesine_karar_verildi.html (TURKCE)

https://ilerihaber.org/icerik/taner-kilic-icin-tahliye-karari-88733.html (TURKCE)

https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/tuerkei-tuerkisches-gericht-ordnet-freilassung-von-amnesty-ehrenvorsitzendem-an-1.4093785 (TURKCE)

http://www.europapress.es/internacional/noticia-tribunal-turco-pone-libertad-director-amnistia-internacional-pais-20180815160903.html (ESPANOL)

http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2018/08/15/news/amnesty_ordinato_il_rilascio_della_nostra_presidente_in_turchia_kilic_-204187147/ (ITALIANO)

https://www.dw.com/tr/taner-k%C4%B1l%C4%B1%C3%A7-hakk%C4%B1nda-tahliye-karar%C4%B1/a-45095438 (DEUTSCHE)

https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/oud-voorzitter-amnesty-turkije-komt-vrij (NEERLANDS)

https://saint-brieuc.maville.com/actu/actudet_-un-tribunal-ordonne-la-liberation-du-president-d-amnesty-en-turquie-selon-l-ong_54135-3509832_actu.Htm (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://www.cmjornal.pt/mundo/detalhe/tribunal-da-turquia-ordena-libertacao-de-ativista-dos-direitos-humanos (PORTUGUES)


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Turkey/UK: Erdoğan’s crackdown on lawyers leads to more than 1,500 prosecutions

August 13, 2018

Turkey is facing a crackdown on its lawyers, with 1,539 prosecuted between 2016-18 and 103 sentenced to lengthy prison terms.

report from The Arrested Lawyers Initiative states that there has been a relentless campaign against lawyers across the country.

In 77 of Turkey’s 81 provinces, lawyers have been detained and arrested on trumped-up charges as part of criminal investigations orchestrated by the political authorities and conducted by provincial public prosecutors, the report argues.

As of today, 1,539 lawyers have been prosecuted and 580 have been arrested. So far, 103 lawyers have been sentenced to long imprisonment by the first instance courts under article 3141 of the Turkish Penal Code.

Last month, Aberdeen University graduate Dr Hanifi Bariş was arrested in Istanbul. He was charged with “posting items of criminal content” on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Mr Bariş graduated from Aberdeen University’s Centre of Citizenship, Civil Society and Rule of Law with a PhD in 2017.

He moved to Turkey to be with his family but now faces a four-year prison term for speaking out against President Recep Erdoğan, who recently conferred sweeping new powers on himself.

Mr Bariş, who practised law in Turkey for several years, uploaded articles denouncing the president at the end of June.



Hanifi Baris

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Turkey/UK: Court accepts indictment against Hanifi Barış

July 27, 2018

Hanifi Barış

On 23 July 2018, İstanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against detained lawyer and academic Hanifi Barış and ordered his continued detention. He was arrested for posts he made on social media on 4 July 2018 and is charged with creating “terrorist propaganda”. He has been kept in solitary confinement for approximately 10 days. His first hearing is scheduled for 18 September 2018.

Hanifi Barış is a lawyer and academic, who has also worked on human rights. He is a member of Academics for Peace, a group which has condemned state violence against Kurdish groups and the Turkish State’s ongoing violation of its own laws and international treaties resulting in numerous human rights violations. He also signed the 2016 peace petition “We will not be a party to this crime!”. The human rights defender drew public attention for representing a famous conscientious objector who was sentenced to prison, and defended the client’s right to represent himself in Kurdish, which was refused by the court.

On 23 July 2018, İstanbul’s 29th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against Hanifi Barış and confirmed his detention. The Court based its decision on an assessment of digital materials supposedly confiscated during an alleged search of his residence and belongings, however no such search ever took place.

In mid-July, Hanifi Barış submitted a petition requesting his transfer to another dormitory. He was informed that he would be kept in another cell until a final decision on his transfer was made. Since then, he has been kept in solitary confinement and has only been permitted to go to the open air facilities of the prison for one hour each day. Before being moved to his new cell, he was permitted 12 hours of outdoor activity a day.









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University of Aberdeen and CISRUL Graduate Hanifi Baris Arrested in Turkey





Turkey: Turkish lawyer put in pretrial detention on terror charges

August 6, 2018

Can Tombul, a Turkish lawyer and member of the Law Bureau of the Oppressed (EHB), has been put in pretrial detention on charges of “membership in a terrorist organisation.”

According to a statement released by the EHB, Tombul was detained in Kadıköy, İstanbul, and taken to the İstanbul Courthouse after four days of detention on August 3, 2018.

According to a statement issued by the EHB, “Prosecutor İsmet Bozkurt referred Tombul to the court without even feeling the need to depose him. He was arrested in August over concerns of him posing a flight risk on charges of membership in an illegal organisation. … Two funerals he attended in 2013 and 2015 and a witness statement that wasn’t disclosed to his lawyers were cited as evidence.

“Tombul was detained as part of an investigation run by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in January 2018, kept for seven days and released after his deposition at a prosecutor’s office.”

On October 25, 2017, lawyers Özlem Gümüştaş and Sezin Uçar from the EHB were arrested  ahead of the Suruç trial.

The Turkish government has prosecuted 1,542 lawyers, arrested 581 lawyers and sentenced 140 lawyers to long prison terms since a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016, according to the Arrested Lawyers Initiative.









Turkey/Greece: [VIDEO] Medical professor, lawyer detained while fleeing Turkey to Greece

August 2, 2018

[VIDEO] Medical professor, lawyer detained while fleeing Turkey to Greece

At least three people were intercepted in Edirne while they were reportedly on their way to escape to Greece with illegal means, in the latest of such attempts aimed at avoiding Turkey’s post-coup crackdown.

A lawyer; a medical professor who was earlier removed from his post at the Inonu University over ties to the Gulen movement; and the latter’s wife were detained near Turkey’s Greek border in Edirne province, media said July 31.

Two others, believed to be the organizers of the trip, were also rounded up and put in pre-trial detention.

Turkish government accuses Gulen followers of masterminding the failed coup and calls them FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization. The group denies terrorist activities.

Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against sympathizers of the Gülen movement in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The government accuses the movement of masterminding the coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have been detained and some 90,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.



Factsheet: Challenges to the Independence of the Legal Profession under the State of Emergency in Turkey















Turkey: Weird case of Amnesty’s Kılıç: Turkish prosecutor could not find a crime, court could not release

June 30, 2018

Taner Kılıç (49) is a Turkish human rights advocate. He is one of the founders of Amnesty International’s (AI) Turkey Branch. He has been running the duty of being the Chairman of Board of Executives since 2014. Kılıç, who is father of three children, is one of Turkey’s most knowledgeable human rights advocates on the refugee law and one of the most respected human rights activists. He has tried to raise awareness and public awareness on refugee issue through articles he wrote for numerous newspapers and conferences he has given.

Together with Taner Kılıç, the honorary chairman of Amnesty International Turkey Branch who was detained on Jun. 6, 2017 over alleged links to the Gülen movement, İdil Eser, Amnesty’s Director for Turkey, Özlem Dalkıran and Nalan Erkem, the members of the Yurttaşlık Derneği (Citizenship Association), İlknur Üstün from Women Coalition, Veli Acu and Günal Kurşun from the Human Rights Agenda Association, foreign instructors Peter Steudtner from Germany and Ali Gharavi from Sweden, and Nejat Taştan, the General Coordinator of the Association of Equal Rights Watch and Şeyhmuz Özbekli, a representative of the Rights Initiative have been tried with a demand of sentence for 15 years of imprisonment for allegedly “helping an armed terrorist organization” and “becoming a member of an armed terrorist organisation.”

These human rights activists, who have been tried in a file known as Büyükada Case, have been accused by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and by the pro-government media of plotting a coup against the government. President Erdoğan described the Büyükada meeting of the human rights activists as a coup meeting during responding the questions directed by journalists on the issue following the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017. Erdoğan said that “Why did they gather in Büyükada. They came together for a meeting which was almost like (controversial coup attempt on) July 15 (2016). They were taken into custody by basing on intelligence. Therefore, a judicial process may begin. The call, that they made, have also been made right now. You are also supporting this call by asking this question.”

It is already unreasonable to accuse a meeting as coup d’état meeting in Büyükada, where is open to the public, but Taner Kılıç’s situation is much more tragic. Because, Kılıç has been accused of a meeting that he could not attend. Kılıç was detained on June 6, 2017 and arrested afterwards. However, Büyükada meeting took place one month later on July 5, 2017.






http://www.haberdar.com/gundem/tutuklu-af-orgutu-temsilcisi-kilic-in-yegeni-delil-olarak-dayimin-dosyasina-babamla-cektirdigim-selfie-resmimizi-koymuslar-suc-bunun-neresinde-h93650.html (TURKCE)

https://www.lexpress.fr/actualite/monde/europe/turquie-le-journaliste-mehmet-altan-libere_2021016.html (FRANCAIS)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taner_Kili%C3%A7 (FRANCAIS)

https://periodistas-es.com/taner-kilic-jueces-turcos-mantienen-en-prision-al-presidente-de-amnistia-internacional-105964 (ESPANOL)

https://www.pressenza.com/it/2018/06/turchia-rilasciato-mehmet-altan-amnesty-international-ora-tutti-gli-altri/ (ITALIANO)




June 29, 2018


On 11 April 2018, Istanbul’s 37th High Criminal Court accepted the indictment against 20 lawyers from the People’s Law Office. The indictment claims that the People’s Law Office is a sub-structure of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party (DHKP-C), which has been designated a terrorist organization in Turkey. The hearings have been scheduled for between 10 and 15 September 2018.

Between September and December 2017, 17 human rights lawyers from the People’s Law Office were arrested following orders from the Istanbul Peace Criminal Judge. Selçuk Kozağaçlı, Ebru Timtik, Didem Baydar Ünsal, Ahmet Mandacı, Aycan Çiçek, Ayşegül Çağatay, Aytaç Ünsal, Behiç Aşçı, Engin Gökoğlu, Ezgi Çakır, Günay Dağ, Naciye Demir, Süleyman Gökten, Şükriye Erden, Yağmur Erener Evin, Yaprak Türkmen and Zehra Özdemir were accused of transmitting instructions from the DHKP-C’s executive team to its members, while Oya Aslan, Barkın Timtik and Özgür Yılmaz, were charged with “being managers of an armed terrorist organization”. 17 of the 20 lawyers facing charges remain in pre-trial detention in a number of different prisons, far from their families and their places of residence.

Since September 2017, People’s Law Office has been raided by the police three times, on 12 September 2017, 18 December 2017 and 20 April 2018. A lawyer from the People’s Law Office stated that on 20 April 2018 the police entered into all 11 flats in the same building which did not belong to People’s Law Office and broke some of their neighbors’ doors.

Following almost a year of detention, the court will hear the majority of the detained lawyers through video call. Only Yaprak Türkmen and Selçuk Kozağaçlı, who have been detained in İstanbul Silivri Prison, will be personally brought to the court room for the hearings. One of the detained lawyers, Ahmet Mandacı, criticized in a letter to the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet that they would be questioned by video call rather than appearing before the judge. He further stated that he was not notified about the indictment although other lawyers in detention had been. On 20 September 2017, Ahmet Mandacı had been released under judicial control, but 10 days later he was arrested at the request of the Prosecutor’s Office.

A trainee lawyer who was arrested with the lawyers from the People’s Law Office, also sent a letter to Cumhuriyet and stated that the prison administration had banned him from any visitors for 100 months as he was protesting he and his fellow lawyers’ isolation. He also stated that he wrote several petitions to the Ministry of Justice, administration of Silivri Prison, Prosecutor’s Office and several courts to contest the solitary confinement of Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Yaprak Türkmen but the authorities responded that it was not under their authority. He further stated that while he had written letters to Selçuk Kozağaçlı the letters had not been given to him. Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Yaprak Türkmen have been kept in solitary confinement in İstanbul Silivri Prison since their arrest in September 2017.