Declarations & Publications

ELDH: Unacceptable guarantees for former Catalan politicians

The European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) expresses its grave concern at the extraordinary measures taken by the Spanish Court of Auditors on 29 June 2021.  The proceedings concern 34 former Catalan government officials, prime ministers, ministers, and other high level government office holders, who face allegations of alleged “misuse” of public funds…

Joint Statement – International Fair Trial Day – 14 June 2021

Today, 14 June 2021, marks the inaugural International Fair Trial Day (IFTD) which will beobserved for the first time worldwide. The focus country of the IFTD this year is Turkey, a countrythat is and has been suffering for many years, from systemic human rights violations and a seriouslack of fair trial standards. On the occasion…

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…

Women’s rights are human rights – change for a feminist future – Statement of ELDH on the International Women’s Day

Roughly one year into a devastating global health crisis, it became more obvious than ever how gender is an important factor when it comes to the access to human rights. In the face of the ongoing gender related injustice, ELDH celebrates the feminist struggle of lawyers and human rights activists who continue to work for…

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…

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