Grounding of Bolivian presidential jet and treatment of Edward Snowden shames European Union

Civil society statement Over 50 international lawyers, human rights, civil rights and civil society groups and networks say the actions of certain EU member states in response to Snowden’s revelations contradict the EU’s stated commitment to democracy, human rights and international law. The refusal of entry into their airspace by certain European states for the …

Rechtsanwält_innen fordern: Sofortiges Ende der staatlichen Willkür und Gewalt in der Türkei

Seit einigen Wochen ist in der Türkei  eine verschärfte, von staatlicher Seite praktizierte, brutale Unterdrückung bürgerlicher Freiheitsrechte – insbesondere auf freie Meinungsäußerung und Versammlungsfreiheit  – zu beobachten.  Sie überschreitet alle rechtsstaatlichen Grenzen und verletzt auf grobe Weise türkisches Recht  wie auch internationale Verträge, welche von der Türkei ratifiziert wurden. Hunderte Demonstrant_innen, Unbeteiligte, Journalist_innen und Anwält_innen …

Hans-Litten-Prize Awarding to Gareth PEIRCE

14.-15.09.12 Frankfurt (Main)

“… if there was only injustice and no resistance …” (quoted from the poem of Bertold Brecht “To Posterity”) On occasion of its 40th anniversary VDJ, the German member association of ELDH, will award the Hans-Litten-Prize to the English solicitor Gareth Peirce 15th September 2012, 18h30 – 20h00 in the Literaturhaus, Frankfurt (Main), Schöne Ausssicht …

EUROPEAN LAWYERS CONDEMN CONTINUED ILLEGAL DETENTION AND TORTURE BY THE US AT GUANTANAMO

Statement of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) the European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL) and the League of Human Rights (Holland) The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), with members in 18 European countries, the Commission “Défense de la défense” of the European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL) and …

Brief an den türkischen Justizminister

Strafprozess gegen den Präsidenten der Istanbuler Anwaltskammer und seine VorstandskollegInnen wegen angeblichen Versuchs, die Mitglieder des Gerichts zu beeinflussen, Anklageschrift vom 30.1.2013 Die EJDM ist schwer  besorgt über die Strafverfolgung des Präsidenten der Istanbuler Anwaltskammer, Doz. Dr. Ümit KOCASAKAL, sowie seiner VorstandskollegInnen, wegen des angeblichen Versuchs die Mitglieder des Gerichts zu beeinflussen, Anklageschrift vom 30.1.2013. …

FACT-FINDING MISSION IN TURKEY

7th till 11th March 2013 Press Release Fact-Finding Mission in Turkey A group of 8 lawyers from different European Countries (Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Switzerland), from Egypt, and the U.S.A. are visiting Turkey from 7th till 12th March to investigate the circumstances of the recent wave of arrests of lawyers and trade unionist. The lawyers …

Day of the Endangered Lawyer – 24th January 2013

24.12.12-25.01.13 Various European Cities

European lawyers demand: Basque lawyers in Spain must enjoy the free exercise of their professional duties During the last two decades more than 20 Basque lawyers in Spain have been kept in pre-trial detention, several of them up to almost 2 years. All the arrested lawyers were charged with terrorist crimes connected with ETA, or …

Observation of the trial against 46 lawyers

6th November 2012, Instanbul (Silivri) Joint declaration of the undersigning organisations: We, as international lawyers representing the undersigned organisations, were in Silivri (Turkey) to observe the continuation of the trial of our colleagues: 46 Kurdish lawyers and 3 members of their staff. We summarise our concerns around the following issues; The first hearing for this …