Seminar: Nasrin Sotoudeh film panel, 4 December
We'll be hosting a panel discussion on 4 December to celebrate the release of a documentary about the work of Nasrin Sotoudeh.
The president of Turkey and the UN Special Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council
On 12 March 2020, the following lawyers were arrested in Turkey: Hidayet Enmek, Sevda Özbingöl Çelik, Emrah Baran, Hüseyin Izol, Metin Özbadem, Cemo Tüysüz and Şeyhmus Inal from the Şanlıurfa Bar Association, Gürgün Kadirhan from the Şırnak Bar Association, as well as Diyarbakır Bar Association members Zeynep Işık and Özkan Avcı.
The lawyers’ homes and offices were searched, and certain documents seized in relation to an investigation carried out by the Prosecutor’s Office in Urfa.
We received reports that these arrests may relate to the work these lawyers have carried out as part of their professional duties. The documentation that was seized related to alleged acts of torture and ill-treatment by Turkish security forces against the lawyers’ clients and others in May 2019 in some districts of Sanliurfa province.
It’s also been reported that those detained and tortured in May 2019 could only meet with their lawyer supervised by security forces, or were not allowed access to legal counsel at all.
We’ve been informed that most of the lawyers were released on probation after six days in police custody, except for lawyer Sevda Özbingöl Çelik who was remanded into pre-trial detention by Urfa Criminal Peace Judgeship.
In light of Turkey’s international obligations to protect lawyers, we urged the authorities to: