Harcèlement des Avocats

Les avocats européens démocrates (A.E.D.) expriment leur préoccupation et indignation face au harcèlement que subissent les avocats Paul Bekaert (Belgique), Michèle Hirsch (Belgique), Christophe Marchand (Belgique) et Gonzalo Boye (Espagne) en guise de représailles pour leur défense performante de l’ancien président catalan Carles Puigdemont et des membres de son gouvernement Clara Ponsati, Lluis Puig, Meritxell […]

Turkey’s State of Emergency

Our colleague Ceren Uysal participated recently in a press conference in Vienna dealing with the current situation in Turkey. We publish here her contribution.   First of all I would like to thank you for the opportunity to describe my point of view on what has been going on in Turkey recently. It means a […]

Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2018

Today in Egypt, human rights activists, lawyers, political activists and independent journalists, all have to live with their phone calls being tapped, endless smear campaigns and hate speech from state-affiliated media as well as continuous harassment and intimidation from the authorities. Egypt is going through the most serious human rights crisis in its history. Every […]

Lettre au Président de la République

Bruxelles, Paris, Barcelone, le 4 janvier 2018   Monsieur le Président de la République, Demain vous allez recevoir RECEP ERDOGAN, Président de la Turquie. Quelques soient les enjeux diplomatiques ou autres existant entre nos pays, vous ne pouvez ignorer la situation de non-droit dans laquelle se trouvent aujourd’hui des avocats, des magistrats, des parlementaires, des […]

Seventeen Turkish lawyers are in detention in different parts of the country; sixteen of them for several weeks.

On the 8th of November 2017, Selcuk Kozagacli, President of the ÇHD, a progressive association of lawyers and a member of the AED, was arrested with great violence and detained in Istanbul. The accusations against our colleague justifying his detention by the Turkish authorities consist of complicity in terrorism. Our colleague and friend Selcuk Kozagacli […]

New Arrests / Nouvelles Arrestations

The AED demands that the Turkish Government stop all hostility against human rights lawyers. The numerous irregular and arbitrary detentions are an authoritarian and repressive response against Turkish lawyers, charged with terrorism or activities against the state. The Republic of Turkey is a member of the Council of Europe and must therefore respect and promote […]


Since mid-September, these lawyers are detained in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakır.   The number of lawyers prosecuted in Turkey is 1343 after this last wave of raids against lawyers. 524 of them have been arrested since the staged coup attempt in July 2016.   There are lawyers from France, Germany, the Netherlands, Catalonia, Belgium, Spain, […]

New Protests in front of Turkish Consulates in Europe

We are demonstrating today in front of the Turkish Consulate in Hamburg, The Hague, Brussels and Milan to protest the recent arrest of 16 of our colleagues from Turkey. Since mid-September, they are detained in Ankara, Istanbul and Diyarbakır. We are especially concerned about the situation of lawyers Barkın Timtik, Engin Gökoglu and Özgür Yılmaz. […]

Free our 16 colleagues

Free our 14 colleagues, members of ÇHD (Progressive Lawyers Association), arrested in Turkey:     Barkın Timtik Ebru Timtik Süleyman Gökten Ezgi Çakır Ahmet Mandacı Yağmur Ereren Aytaç Ünsal Didem Baydar Ünsal Ayşegül Çağatay Engin Gökoğlu Behiç Aşçı Aycan Çiçek Şükriye Erden Özgür Yılmaz Zehra Özdemir Naciye Demir   We have been informed that our […]