March 16, 2013

Mass arrests of Lawyers in Turkey- Fact finding mission of 4 international lawyers' associations

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A group of 8 lawyers from different European Countries (Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Switzerland), from Egypt, and the U.S.A. are visiting Turkey from 7th till 12th March to investigate the circumstances of the recent wave of arrests of lawyers and trade unionist. The lawyers have been sent by two European lawyers organisations, The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)  and the European Democratic Lawyers AED-EDL , by the Arab Lawyers Union (Egypt) and by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)

The above mentioned lawyers organisation have taken notice of the new mass arrest of lawyers in Turkey, among them the President of ÇHD Selçuk Kozağaçlı, with utmost concern. For the same reason on February 11, IADL submitted a statement to the Human Rights Council to bring to its attention IADL’s grave concern over the arrest of lawyers in Turkey. Immediately after the arrests happened, ELDH and IADL alarmed the public with their protests. For many years ÇHD has been a member organisation of ELDH and also of IADL, struggling with both organisations for the defence of Human Rights. It is the duty of these organizations to give ÇHD all possible legal and political assistance for the exoneration of their president and their other arrested members.

Read here the rest of the Press Release of ELDH
Read here a relevant report by ÇHD