Second hearing into the killing of Tahir Elci

We've requested urgent action of several UN rapporteurs ahead of the second hearing in the criminal trial of the alleged perpetrators of the killing of Tahir Elci, former president of the Diyarbakir Bar Association.

Who we wrote to

We wrote to the UN special rapporteurs to request that the Turkish authorities respect fair trial guarantees during the second hearing into the killing of Mr Elci.

What's the issue

Mr Elci was shot and killed five years ago. No adequate investigation into his death has taken place.

Moreover, fair trial guarantees were violated during the first hearing in this case, which prevented Mr Elci’s family members from exercising their rights under Turkish law.

What we asked for

We urged the UN special rapporteurs to request that Turkish authorities:

  • respect fair trial guarantees during these proceedings
  • effectively investigate Mr Elci’s killing

What we've previously said

We have previously written to the Turkish authorities about the case.

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