Turkey: Overbroad anti-terrorism laws used to persecute human rights lawyers | Joint Oral Statement at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Link to the oral statement video Link to written statement to the UN Human Rights Council on deterioration of the rule of law in Turkey Organization: Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada Item 3: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of … [Read more...]

Turkey: Five years and no justice for Tahir Elçi | Joint letter to UN Special Rapporteurs

Full PDF (ENG) Quick Response Desk Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights United Nations Office at Geneva 8-14 Avenue de la Paix CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland E-mail: urgent-action@ohchr.org 2 March 2021 FOR THE ATTENTION OF: Special Rapporteur on the … [Read more...]

Turkey: Continued Deterioration of the Rule of Law and Persecution of Lawyers and Human Rights Defenders | Joint Statement to the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Full PDF (ENG) Full pdf on UN website Background Corrosion of the rule of law in Turkey began prior to an attempted coup of 15 July 2016 but since then has escalated dramatically. Human rights defenders (“defenders”) in Turkey, including lawyers, are facing dire and far-reaching … [Read more...]

Turkey: International law obligations to release arbitrarily detained lawyer Mr. Aytaç Ünsal | Letter

Full PDF (ENG) 8 February 2021 Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan The President of Turkey Cumhurbaşkanlığı Külliyesi 06560 Beştepe- Ankara-Turkey Fax : (+90 312) 525 58 31 E-mail: contact@tccb.gov.tr Mr. Abdulhamit Gül Minister of Justice 06659 Kizilay Ankara, Turkey Fax: +90 (0312) 419 … [Read more...]

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 on 18 November 2020 a Turkish court  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 … [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...]