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

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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 awareness for the the quickly deteriorating situation of lawyers in Turkey.

Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal, from the Progressive Lawyers’ Association (Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği, ÇHD) have been on a hunger strike for over 100 days to demand fair trial rights. The undersigned are gravely concerned with the diminishment of lawyers’ human rights in Turkey, including the proposed reform of the bar associations and the threats to their independence, the ex-officio investigations that have been started against the bar associations of Diyarbakir and Ankara, and about the Parole Act exceptions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

After consulting lawyers from Turkey, the organizations, led by Lawyers for Lawyers, have published an advertisement in two newspapers, BirGün and Yeni Yaşam, to draw attention to – and create awareness for – lawyers in Turkey, and to call on the Turkish authorities to publicly support lawyers as essential agents in the administration of justice, to stop harassing and prosecuting them, to reverse unlawful convictions and to release the unjustly detained from prison.



• International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
• Fair Trial Watch (FTW)
• MAF-DAD e.V (Association for Democracy and İnternational Law), Germany
• International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger (IOLD)
• Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L)
• International Association of People’s Lawyers (IAPL)
• Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC)
• International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)
• The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC)
• European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)
• Défense Sans Frontière-Avocats Solidaires (DSF-AS)
• AIJA – International Association of Young Lawyers
• International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)
• The Institute for the Rule of Law of the International Association of Lawyers (UIA-IROL)
• Giuristi Democratici, Italy
• Avocats Européens Démocrates – European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL)
• Legal Team Italia
• Avocats Sans Frontières (ASF)
• Giunta dell’Unione delle Camere Penali Italiane – Osservatorio Avvocati minacciati UCPI, Italy
• Human Rights Embassy, Moldova
• Syndicat des Avocats pour la Démocratie (SAD)
• Asociación Libre de Abogados y Abogados (ALA)
• European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)
• Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE)
• Human Rights Commission of the Fédération des Barreaux d’Europe (FBE)
• Berlin Bar Association, Germany
• Paris Bar Association, France
• Rotterdam Bar Association, the Netherlands
• Amsterdam Bar Association, the Netherlands
• Gelderland Bar Association, the Netherlands
• Polish Bar Council
• The Swedish Bar Association
• Italian National Bar Council (CNF)
• Republikanischer Anwältinnen – und Anwälte Verein e.V. (RAV), Germany
• National Bar of Attorneys-at-Law in Poland – Krajowa Izba Radcow Prawnych