Fighting for the safety of legal professionals…
We’re gravely concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, and all those working in the Afghan justice system who now face a perilous future as the Taliban takes power.
The president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
We wrote the letter jointly with:
We’ve learnt that the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants on 11 September 2020 for approximately 55 lawyers and trainee lawyers for being “members of a terrorist organisation”.
Their offices and places of residence were searched.
It was reported that their arrests were connected to their representation (or assistance with representation) of clients who are suspected of alleged affiliation with the Gülen movement.
During interrogations, the arrested lawyers were asked questions about their professional activities, some of which allegedly violate the principle of lawyer-client confidentiality.
We fear that the arrest of these lawyers is connected to, and serves to curb, their legitimate activities as lawyers.
We urged the Turkish authorities to: