ELDH Statement against unfair trial on Basque lawyers

The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), with members in 21 European countries, declares its grave concern at many aspects of the ongoing trial at the Criminal Chamber of the Audiencia  Nacional ( Sala de lo Penal de la Audiencia Nacional) in Madrid of nine Basque defendants. The accused are the …

Statement against war crimes committed in Palestine and Israel

The European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), with members in 21 European countries, expresses its grave concern at the latest outbreak of violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs). As a result of the violence so far, at least 230 Palestinians have been killed, including 65 children, in Gaza, by Israeli …

JUSTICE FOR EL HIBLU 3 – A reminder of the second anniversary of the rescue and subsequent detention of young migrants called El Hiblu 3

In Malta, three young migrants risk life imprisonment for having helped fellow asylum seekers to escape and be rescued from the serious risk of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, rape, exploitation and killings in refugee camps in Libya. On 28 March 2019 a cargo ship called El Hiblu 1 rescued over 100 migrants, including 20 …

Threat of HDP ban: European lawyers demand credible EU response

Download PDF Download reply of the EU Commission Vice-President Josep Borrell Fontelles A few days ago Turkey’s Chief prosecutor of the Supreme Court filed an indictment seeking dissolution of the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP). The indictment accuses HDP leaders and members “of acting in a way that flouts the democratic and international rules of …

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 …

Convicted Catalan politicians – political solution necessary

Since the 2017 independence referendum there has been a criminalisation of Catalan pro-independence politicians and activists for sedition and related charges resulting in heavy prison sentences. In a politically biased trial Spain’s Supreme Court convicted 12 Catalan high ranking politicians for their roles in a 2017 secession bid. In a landmark ruling, nine politicians have …

LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TURKISH LAWYER OYA ASLAN

To the president of Istanbul 37. Heavy Penal Court No: 2020/247 Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Vienna, Brussels. 11.01.2020 LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS DEMAND THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF TURKISH LAWYER OYA ASLAN We, the undersigned international lawyers’ associations, have for many years condemned the criminal prosecutions and investigations targeted against lawyers in Turkey and internationally for performing the duties of …