Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021 seminar on…
The Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2021 focuses on Azerbaijan. This seminar on 21 January addresses challenges faced by lawyers there in practising their profession.
The president of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
We co-wrote this letter with the:
On February 2017, 227 judges and prosecutors were dismissed by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors as part of investigations into the failed coup that took place in July 2016.
We previously expressed our concern following the dismissal of 2,745 judges in the aftermath of the coup attempt in our letter of 22 July 2016.
We understand that approximately 4,000 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed since July 2016.
Many lawyers have been arrested and detained under certain decree laws, issued after the failed coup, that allow for extended periods of pre-trial detention.
We understand that some lawyers have been held in detention incommunicado and that legal professional privilege has been violated, because lawyers have not been able to communicate with their clients in private.
We’re also alarmed about the arrest of Judge Aydin Sefa Akay on 21 September 2016. He’s remained in detention since his arrest.
The most recent dismissal of 227 judges and prosecutors, as well as the continued detention of Judge Akay, are developments that represent a worrying erosion of the principle of the separation of powers.
We’re concerned about the negative effect that this has on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Turkey.
We urged the relevant authorities to respect the separation of powers and the rule of law in Turkey, and to: