The next Day of the Endangered lawyer will take place on the 24th of January 2019. The focus will be on the very difficult situation that lawyers in Turkey are facing. This is not the first time that we are focusing on Turkey, however, as you all know, the lawyers’ situation is becoming worse in Turkey day by day. Turkey was ruled under the state of emergency for 2 years. During those two years, journalists, academics, judges, prosecutors, human rights activists and of course lawyers were arrested. According to an OHCHR report almost 570 lawyers were arrested, 1,480 faced some kind of prosecution, 79 were sentenced to long-term imprisonment. In several mass trials lawyers are accused just because they represent alleged members of terrorist in other trials. The risks faced by criminal defence lawyers is reportedly so high that it is extremely difficult for suspects arrested during the state of emergency to find a lawyer.

Even after the lifting of the state of emergency in July 2018, the political trials against lawyers did not end. The UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers are permanently violated by the Turkish prosecutors and judges, in particular Art. 18. “Lawyers shall not be identified with their clients or their clients’ causes as a result of discharging their functions”. Almost every week, there is at least one trial against lawyers, especially in Istanbul. According to this fact, it could be claimed that the lawyers who are still free, are practicing law under the risk of a sudden arrest.

As in the previous year, many lawyers organisations around the world will organise protests outside Turkish Embassies, Consulates, and court-houses. Encourage your local associations to support these protests.

The international coordination will be organized by the Foundation day of the Endangered Lawyers, supported by AED, IAPL, and ELDH:

  • Florian BORG, lawyer in Lille (France) Secretary general of the European democratic lawyers federation.
    TEL: tel:+3336671428, Fax: +33366721427, Email:
  • Hans Gaasbeek, lawyer and director of the foundation for the Day of theEndangered Lawyer
    in Haarlem: president of the Dutch League for Human Rights.
    Phone: 0031-235318657, Mobile: 0031-652055043
  • Florence de La Pradelle, AED commission defense for the defense.
    Mobile : +33637513099 Email:
  • Thomas SCHMIDT, lawyer in Düsseldorf (Germany),
    Secretary General of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH),
    PHONE: 0049 – 211 – 444 001, email:
  • Ceren Uysal, AED commission defense for the defense.
    Mobile: +436644853347 Email:

More detailed information will follow soon on this website.