Haarlem, September 18, 2019   The Board and the Coordinator of the Foundation Day of the Endangered Lawyer are deeply shocked by the horrifying murder attack this morning in Amsterdam on the human rights lawyer Derk Wiersum, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our thoughts are with his family members and friends.   Our Foundation notes […]

The arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers

The AED has co-signed a letter directed at the UN denouncing the arbitrary detention and long-term imprisonment of 18 lawyers. We publish it here to explain the mechanisms of their judicial situation:   FOR THE ATTENTION OF: Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders […]

A travesty of justice – 18 Turkish lawyers sentenced to long prison terms, 159 Years, 1 Month, 30 Days in Total

On Wednesday 20 March 2019, the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Court in Silivri Courthouse announced its verdict in the case of the ÇHD (Çağdaş Hukukçular Derneği, Association of Progressive Lawyers). The lawyers have been sentenced to prison terms between 2 years, 13 months, and 15 days and 18 years and 9 months. The Court delivered […]


On the  7th, 8th and 9th September, the AED took part in the  2nd International Conference on Law: The Normalization of the state of emergency and the situation of the judiciary in Turkey. Here is the complete programme of the event: And here are some of the contributions: On the State of Emergency in France […]


AVOCATS/MAGISTRATS DUO/DUEL Colloque 26 mai 2018 Maison des Associations Internationales (40, Rue de Washington, Bruxelles) CONCLUSIONS Dans son rapport présenté au Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’ONU en juin 2017, le Rapporteur Spécial sur l’Indépendance des Juges et des Avocats a constaté, notamment, que : L’état de droit ne peut être protégé que s’il […]

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 […]

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 […]