Next hearing in the criminal trial of those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi – letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

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.org2 March2021

FOR THE ATTENTION OF:•Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers •Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defendersSpecial Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorismSpecial Rapporteur on minority issues

URGENT ACTION: Dear UN Special Rapporteurs, The undersigned organisations request your urgent action ahead of the next hearing in the criminal trial of those accused of killing lawyer Tahir Elçi. We urge you to request the Turkish authorities to ensure a fair trial by an impartial and independent tribunal (respecting the procedural rights of Tahir Elçi’s family), as well as carry out a prompt, effective, impartial, and independent investigation into his death.

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