Killing of Tahir Elçi…
We've written to the Turkish authorities to call on them to ensure fairness in proceedings against the death of Tahir Elçi, a lawyer killed in 2015.
The president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
On 16 July 2016, the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HCJP) announced the dismissal of 2,745 judges.
We understand that the mass dismissal took place because of an alleged involvement of the judges in the coup attempt in Turkey.
We believe that no dismissal should be effective until an independent investigation has been carried out to verify such involvement.
Whilst suspension might ultimately be appropriate, we’re concerned that the proper administration of justice will become more difficult after the dismissal of so many judicial officers.
These developments represent a worrying erosion of the principle of the separation of powers.
We’re greatly concerned about the negative effects this has on the independence of the judiciary and other members of the legal profession, as well as the right to a fair trial of all Turkish citizens.
We believe that members of the legal profession can only carry out their work in a democracy that’s based on the rule of law.
We urged the Turkish authorities to: