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IBAHRI adds support to lawyers Ebru Timtik’s and Aytaç Ünsal’s call for fair trials and the administration of justice in Turkey

The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has signed a joint statement alongside the Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales, the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), The Law Society of England and Wales and Lawyers for Lawyers expressing concern for the safety of Turkish lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal

Released on Aug 12, 2020

IBAHRI co-signs statement urging Turkish authorities to end persecution of lawyers

A joint statement urging the Government of the Republic of Turkey to end the persecution of lawyers, reverse unlawful convictions and release those who have been unjustly detained, has been published in Turkish newspapers BirGün and Yeni Yasam by 35 international legal bodies.

Released on Jun 26, 2020

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged to discontinue investigations into Turkish bar associations

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), alongside other professional legal representative bodies, has issued an open letter to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey urging him to discontinue criminal investigations into the Ankara Bar Association and the Diyarbakir Bar Association. The two organisations voiced concerns about comments made by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate, Mr Ali Erbas, in a sermon on 24 April 2020, when he suggested that members of the LGBT community

Released on Jun 17, 2020

IBAHRI and ICJ urge Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors to cease probe into Gezi Park trial judges

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urge the Turkish Council of Judges and Prosecutors (CJP) – Turkey’s legal disciplinary body responsible for judicial appointments – to stop their investigation into the three judges of the Istanbul 30th Heavy Penal Court who, on 18 February 2020, acquitted the 16 defendants in the Gezi Park trial due to a lack of evidence.

Released on Feb 28, 2020

IBAHRI condemns persecution of human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir in Turkey

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the repeated arrests and longstanding criminal proceedings, as well as the recent disciplinary procedures initiated by the Istanbul Bar Association, against human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir. Further, the IBAHRI calls on the authorities of the Republic of Turkey to adhere to the international legal instruments that safeguard the independence of legal professionals and the rule of law.

Released on Feb 13, 2019

IBAHRI and Anti-Torture Initiative call for Turkey to quash Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci’s prison sentence

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI) have sent an open letter to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the criminal proceedings brought against prominent human rights defender Dr Sebnem Korur Fincanci, as well as the conviction and sentencing of her to two years and six month’s imprisonment

Released on Jan 30, 2019

IBAHRI and other lawyers' associations issue open letter to Turkish authorities to mark Day of the Lawyer in Turkey

The Bar Council of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC), the International Association of Lawyers (UIA), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and the Law Society of England and Wales have sent an open letter to Turkish authorities raising concerns over the rising number of cases of human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey.

Released on Apr 5, 2018

IBAHRI condemns mass removal of judges following attempted coup in Turkey

News Release: Wednesday 20 July 2016. The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is extremely concerned by the sudden dismissal of more than 2,500 judges and prosecutors in Turkey, following an attempted coup d'état in the country on Friday 15 July. The IBAHRI calls on Turkey to respect its international obligations, avoid undue mass targeting of state institutions such as the judiciary, and ensure that a transparent investigation is carried out to identify those responsible...

Released on Jul 20, 2016

Turkey: IBAHRI calls for adherence to the rule of law in support of human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir

As the next hearing in the longstanding criminal case against human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir and eleven other lawyers looms, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the authorities in the Republic of Turkey and the Istanbul Bar Association to uphold the rule of law, and to respect the integrity and independence of the country’s legal profession.

Turkey: IBAHRI and ICJ call for release of Osman Kavala following European Court of Human Rights decision

Today’s decision from the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Turkish human rights defender Osman Kavala must be immediately complied with by releasing him from detention, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today

IBAHRI pens joint submission to the UNHRC 35th Universal Periodic Review session on independence of the judiciary in Turkey

In the previous two UPR cycles (2010 and 2015), Turkey committed to strengthen the independence of the judiciary and accepted all recommendations made in that respect, but these have not to date been implemented.

Turkey - IBAHRI and ICJ observers attend second hearing of ‘Gezi Park’ criminal trial

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly sent international observers to attend the second hearing of the criminal trial on the ‘Gezi Park’ protests, scheduled to take place on 18 and 19 July 2019 at the Silivri Prison Courthouse in Istanbul.

Turkey: IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on ‘Gezi Park’ protests

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly sent international observers to attend the first hearing of the criminal trial on the ‘Gezi Park’ protests at Silivri Prison Courthouse in Istanbul, scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 June 2019.

IBAHRI and ATI pen letter to Turkey’s President condemning conviction of 11 medical professionals

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), in conjunction with the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), has written to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the conviction of 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) Central Council on terrorism charges.

IBAHRI statement on the situation of lawyers in Turkey

Today, 5 April 2019, on the occasion of the Lawyers’ Day in Turkey, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) joined with over 30 other associations and organisations concerned with the rule of law and protection of the rights of lawyers to strongly condemn the ongoing crackdown against lawyers in Turkey.

IBAHRI and the Law Society lead joint actions on the Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019

On 24th January 2019, the Day of the Endangered Lawyer aimed to promote solidarity with persecuted and silenced members of the global legal profession, focusing specifically on the situation in Turkey.

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

From 18 - 22 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the Law Society of England and Wales hosted a delegation of Turkish Lawyers during the 38th session of the Human Rights Council. The week’s activities included a training on UN Human Rights Mechanisms, several meetings with UN representatives, NGOs and State missions, as well as a side event on the situation of the legal profession in Turkey.

Joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin

June 2018: The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute, in partnership with five organisations, released a joint statement on the situation of Mustafa Aydin, a lawyer from Istanbul. Mr Aydin was arrested on 16 August 2016 and was in pre-trial detention for almost two years. He was charged with being a member of an armed terrorist organisation for legally representing a police officer investigating accusations of bribery and money laundering against members of the AKP.

IBAHRI statements on Turkey and Poland at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 25 June 2018, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) delivered an oral statement at the 38th Session of the Human Rights Council on behalf of five other organisations to address the situation of the legal profession in Turkey and Poland. The statement focused on the widespread human rights violations against lawyers in Turkey since the attempted coup in July 2016, and the ongoing ‘state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment’ against judges in Poland.

IBAHRI statements on Turkey at the 37th Session of the Human Rights Council

On 1 March, on behalf of the IBAHRI and five other organisations, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) delivered an oral statement at the Human Rights Council’s 37th session. In the statement, the ICJ urged the Council to address the attack on lawyers and threats to the independence of the legal profession around the world with a particular emphasis China, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Turkey as examples of where such attacks had occurred.

Turkey: Tahir Elci death must be investigated amid questions over rule of law

Ongoing obscurity surrounding the death of a prominent human rights lawyer in Turkey in November continues to raise questions about the country’s ability to uphold the rule of law. A Kurdish lawyer and chairman of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, Tahir Elci was shot dead on November 28 during a press conference in Turkey’s south-eastern city of Diyarbakir. He had been making an appeal for peace in the city, which has been the scene of months of violent clashes.