Launch of International Fair Trial Day
The Law Society has partnered with international organisations to launch the inaugural International Fair Trial Day (IFTD) which will be observed for the first time worldwide on 14 June 2021.
The focus country this year is Turkey, a country that is and has been suffering for many years, from systemic human rights violations and a serious lack of fair trial standards.
Drawing attention to the deteriorating situation in the country, we've called upon the Turkish authorities urgently to take the necessary steps to:
- instate the right to a fair trial in Turkey
- create an environment under which these fundamental procedural rights can effectively be protected
In response to the serious failure of the judicial system in Turkey to protect and respect fair trial principles, lawyers Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal began a hunger strike in January 2020.
On 5 April 2020, on Lawyers’ Day in Turkey, they turned their hunger strike into a death fast to underline the vital importance of this demand.
Ebru Timtik lost her life on 27 August 2020, the 238th day of her death fast, while Aytaç Ünsal ended his protest on 4 September 2020, following a temporary release order by the Supreme Court which was later withdrawn. He was returned to prison on 10 December 2020.
International Fair Trial Day
The IFTD was established along with the Ebru Timtik Award to advocate for the re-establishment of fair trial rights in countries where those rights are under serious threat.
The international community will use the occasion to focus on the situation in the country chosen for that year, and draw attention to the fair-trial issues faced there.
In addition, an annual Ebru Timtik Award will be granted to an individual and/or an organisation that:
- is from the focus country
- has been active in defending and/or promoting the right to a fair trial in that country