Political trials against lawyers and political activists in Turkey and other countries

01.01.-31.12.2019 Ankara, Gümüşhane, Istanbul, Munich, Rabat, Kiev

ELDH will try to send observers to the following trials. These trials are observed by many lawyers from different organisations in Europe. Colleagues who wish to participate in the trial observation should get into contact with ELDH: trialobservation@eldh.eu

ELDH Guide on Trial Observations

UN Basic principles on the role of lawyers

In Turkey

International Law Breaches Concerning the Independence of Legal Profession in Turkey (The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, The Law Society of England and Wales)

CHD Trials I and II (trials against lawyers of the Progressive Lawyers Association (Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği) CHD. CHD is a member organisation of ELDH.

  • CHD Trial I, 10 July 2019, Istanbul: Continuation of the trial against 22 lawyers who are all leading members of the ELDH member organisation CHD. The Trial started on 24 December 2013
    Reports on the hearing on 23 May 2018
    ELDH observers (download PDF-file)
    DEFENSE SANS FRONTIERE – AVOCATS SOLIDAIRES observers, report 23 May 2018 (download PDF-file)
    DEFENSE SANS FRONTIERE – AVOCATS SOLIDAIRES observers, report 24 October 2018 (download PDF-file)
    DEFENCSE SANS FRONTIERE – AVOCATS SOLIDAIRE observers, report (download PDF-file)

ÖHP Trials I and II (trials against lawyers of the Asrın LawOffice, members of ÖHP, former ÖHD, Platform of Lawyers for Freedom (Özgürlükçü Hukukçular Platformu), ÖHP ). ÖHD is a member organisation of ELDH.

  • ÖHP – Trial II, 23 May 2019 Istanbul, against Ramazan Demir and other lawyers from the Asrın LawOffice.
    Continuation of the trial against lawyers and human rights defenders Ramazan Demir, Hüseyin Boğatekin, Ayşe Acinikli, İrfan Arasan, ŞefikÇelik, Adem Çalışçı, Ayşe Gösterişlioğlu Başar, Tamer Doğan, Mustafa Rüzgar, Sinan Zincir, Raziye Turgut and Ruhşen Mahmutoğlu as members of the human rights association for prisoners TUHAD-FED. They all are members of the Istanbul Bar, the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) and the Libertarian Lawyers Association (ÖHD).
    DSF AS Rapport OHD II – 11 décembre 2018

In Spain

Madrid, Supreme Court: Catalan referendum case, trial against former Catalan ministers, pro-independence activists, and the former parliament speaker Oriol Junqueras, Raül Romeva, Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Joaquim Forn, Jordi Sànchez, Jordi Cuixart, Dolors Bassa, Carme Forcadell, Meritxell Borràs, Carles Mundó and Santi Vila. The defendants are charged by the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the crimes of rebellion, sedition, disobedience and embezzlement of public funds, for which it has requested 177 years’ imprisonment.

Conclusion by the European Democratic Lawyers

Report by Professor Bill Bowring (ELDH President) 19 and 20 February 2019

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Other trials in Turkey or other countries will be announced as soon as the details are known.