Political Prisoners: Isolation, ill-treatment and torture, 11 April 2024, 14.00 – 17.00 CET, Brussels

Jointly organized by ELDH, AED and MAF-DAD

Hosted by: Massimiliano Smeriglio Member of the European Parliament (MEP)

Location: Brussels, European Parliament, Room: ASP3G3

Opening speeches:

  • Heike Geisweid Co-president of Association for Democracy and International Law (MAF-DAD)
  • Juan Prosper Co-president of European Democratic Lawyers (AED)
  • Urko Aiartza Azurtza, Co-president of European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH)

Video message:

Mauro Palma Former Chair of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT)

Keynote Speeches:

  • Edre Olalia Transitional prexy of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the chairperson of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, Philippines
  • Dr. Gülşah Kurt Expert in criminal law and human rights law, member of Academics for Peace

    First Panel: Examples from Europe

  • Helene Debaty, president of the Le Syndicat des Avocats pour la Démocratie.
  • Aurora D’agostino, Co-president of the Democratic Lawyers of Italy (GD): The Case and Prison Conditions of Ilaria Salis in Hungary
  • Bego Atxa Representative of “Sare herritarra” The situation of political prisoners in Basque Country

    Second Panel:
    Turkey & İmralı Prison
    Moderation: Deepa Driver, Co-vice chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
  • Lena Charlotta LAGNANDER, Lawyer, Representative of the İmralı delegation-2024 Presentation of the findings of the delegation 2024
  • Mazlum Dinç, Lawyer, Asrın Law Office The situation in İmralı Prison and Right to Hope


    Moderation: Rengin Ergül (MAF-DAD) & Şerife Ceren Uysal (ELDH)

    The discussion will focus on the political prisoners’ situation particularly in Turkey. The aim of the discussion will be a better understanding of the difficult prison conditions and legal challenges and identifying possible legal actions to ensure, protect and strengthening the political prisoners’ rights.

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