Arrest of Turkish lawyer

Who we wrote to

The president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

What’s the issue

On 14 November 2016, Leven Piskin, a practising Turkish lawyer, was arrested by the Turkish police in his home in Istanbul.

Mr Piskin is alleged to have conveyed messages from Mr Selahattin Demirtas, co-president of the People’s Democratic Party (HDP), to the German publication Der Spiegel.

We understand that Mr Piskin met with Mr Demirtas on 5 November 2016 in his capacity as Mr Demirtas’ legal representative in Edime prison where Mr Demirtas is currently detained.

Mr Piskin was arrested following this meeting. We’re very concerned for his situation.

What we asked for

We asked the Turkish authorities to:

  • release Mr Piskin without delay
  • allow Mr Piskin to have access to a lawyer
  • make sure that he’s treated in accordance with applicable standards while in detention
  • ensure that lawyers and human rights defenders can carry out their professional duties without fear of intimidation, harassment or detention

Timeline

5 November 2016 – Mr Piskin met with Mr Demirtas in his capacity as Mr Demirtas’ legal representative

14 November 2016 – Mr Piskin was arrested in his home