UN submission on Turkey – international law breaches of independence of the legal profession

On 18 September 2018, we submitted a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers together with the Bar Human Rights Committee and the IBA Human Rights Institute.

The submission relates to human rights violations that have occurred – and continue to occur – since the attempted coup d’état in July 2016.

It also examines the situation of legal professionals after the State of Emergency was lifted in Turkey.

The submission highlights that new laws place in a statutory framework the pre-existing threats to the independence of the legal profession, including arbitrary arrest and detention, dismissals, and breaches of the right to a fair trial and due process.