Turkey: 5th anniversary of extrajudicial killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi: Effective investigation remains lacking | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) | Full PDF (TUR) The undersigned organisations have been following recent developments in the case involving the prosecution of police officers allegedly involved in the killing of human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi in November 2015. We are concerned that the prosecution, as … [Read more...]

Turkey: Lawyers Levent Pişkin, Cahit Kırkazak and Ayşe Batumlu acquitted | Welcome developments

Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada welcomes news that a Turkish court has acquitted eleven people including lawyers Levent Pişkin, Cahit Kırkazak, and Ayşe Batumlu, on all charges of membership in a terrorist organization and terror propaganda. In July 2019, LRWC was among 17 international legal … [Read more...]

Canadian pro bono lawyers amplify the calls for justice worldwide: 30th anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers | Report from LRWC published in Slaw.ca

Canadian pro bono lawyers amplify the calls for justice worldwide: 30th anniversary of the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers Catherine Morris First published at Slaw.ca, Canada's online legal magazine, on 27 October 2020 For the past two decades, Canadian lawyers have been speaking up … [Read more...]

Turkey: Joint oral statement to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council: UPR Adoption

Full PDF (ENG) Full joint oral video statement online Full Interactive Dialogue on Turkey UPR Date: 28/29 September 2020 HRC section: 45th Session (Agenda Item 6) Speaker: Leroy Niekoop Oral Statement to the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Regular Session - Item 6: UPR … [Read more...]

Turkey and Iran: Oral Statement to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) | Joint video statement

Full PDF Statement (ENG) See the oral video statement as seen at the UN Human Rights Council (at 1:36:50) See the full Interactive Dialogue with the WGAD NGOs in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Video Intervention: Check against … [Read more...]

Turkey: Mass arrest of lawyers in Ankara, Turkey | Joint Statement

Full PDF (ENG) Joint Statement on the Arrest of 48 Lawyers and 7 Intern Lawyers in Ankara, Turkey Through the new “alternative bar associations” legislation and President Erdogan’s own words “Those who act as the lawyers of terrorists may not act like terrorists themselves. If they do so, … [Read more...]

Turkey: Obituary for Turkish lawyer Ebru Timtuk | Joint press release

Full PDF (TUR) Obituary for Turkey Lawyer Ebru Timtik, died 27 August 2020  Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada joins lawyers around the world in mourning the death of Turkish lawyer Ms. Ebru Timtik on 27 August 2020 after 238 days of fasting to strengthen her demand for a fair trial for … [Read more...]

Turkey: International law obligations to release Taner Kılıç, Özlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser and Günal Kurşun | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) Pictured, clockwise from top left: Taner Kılıç, Özlem Dalkiran, Idil Eser, and Gűnal Kurşun LRWC wrote a letter to the President and Minister of Justice of Turkey seeking the immediate release of human rights lawyers and defenders arbitrarily detained, including Mr. … [Read more...]

Turkey: Demanding fair trial rights for detained lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal | Joint Statement

Advertisement PDF (TUR) Advertisement PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada has joined 34 lawyers' organizations and human rights groups, led by the Netherlands-based Lawyers for Lawyers, to advocate for the release of two Turkish lawyers, Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, and to create … [Read more...]

Turkey: Discontinue criminal investigations against Ankara and Diyarbakir Bar Associations | Joint letter

Full PDF (ENG) Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada is among ten lawyers' organizations expressing concern about criminal investigations launched in Turkey against the Ankara Bar Association and the Diyarbakir Bar Association for “openly disrespect[ing] the religious belief of a group” (article … [Read more...]