Defend human rights and the rule of law at Europe’s borders!

Push-backs, violence and inhumane treatment in violation of international law have become a permanent reality at Europe’s borders. They put people seeking protection in danger of their lives, as the deaths at the Polish-Belarusian border have also shown. Refugees are dehumanized by being called a “political weapon” or “a form of hybrid threat” by leading […]

What’s after Moria?

The end of EU refugee policy in compliance with human rights RAV and AED-EDL zoom press conference with European lawyers and Moria refugees, September 17, 2020, 10.00am To register and for details: gs@rav.de or: 030.417 235 55 Background information: https://www.rav.de/themen/migration-asyl/ Moria represents the fact the decisive achievement of European civilization – that states subject themselves […]

Open statement in connection with the detention of Belarusian lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak

September 10, 2020 We express our deep concern at the detention of lawyers Ilya Salei and Maksim Znak on September 9, 2020, in Belarus, in a criminal case which is undeniably politically motivated. We consider this to be a gross violation and interference with their professional legal activities and with their rights to express professional […]

OBITUARY – Ebru Timtik will always be in our minds and hearts!

Ebru passed away yesterday after 238 days on Hunger Strike. She fought until her last breath for the right to a fair trial and independence of lawyers. The Turkish State is responsible because it ignored her claims. Last October we visited her and the other colleagues of the ÇHD in Silivri hight security prison (near […]

The Instrumentalization of the Pandemic

Possible legal strategies and actions before national jurisdictions and international bodies On the 12th of June 2020, the AED-EDL held a special webinar dedicated to the instrumentalization of the COVID pandemic. The speakers highlighted different aspects of the question and country reports where presented   Here are the interventions of our speakers   Nicola Canestrini […]

Freedom for Hamza Haddi and Mohamed Haddar

The European Union must stop the arbitrary incarceration of refugees and migrants We express our solidarity with Hamza Haddi and Mohamed Haddar who are currently being held in pre-trial detention in Komotini, Greece. Both are facing long prison sentences because they are being wrongfully and arbitrarily accused of “smuggling”. Hamza Haddi and Mohamed Haddar are […]

WE ARE HERE SINCE 1974

After years of persecution and resistance, the CHD has decided to renew the association.   ÇAĞDAŞ HUKUKÇULAR DERNEĞİ ORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONCLUDING STATEMENT “WE ARE HERE SINCE 1974” Our Association was closed down by the government in 2016. We had then announced that this was not a legitimate decision for us; we would not accept […]

Police Complaint Mechanism

POLICE COMPLAINT MECHANISM In cases of violence committed by police officers against citizens, the police itself usually investigates crimes allegedly committed by their colleagues. Often camaraderie reigns and police officers protect each other. As a result, most of the cases are dismissed. In addition, in the very few cases that go to court, judges hold […]

Stop Police and Judicial Cooperation with the Turkish Republic!

Press release, 26.11.2019   We call for the immediate Stop of Police and Judicial Cooperation with the Turkish Republic! Turkey’s recent history has been marked by the destruction of internal standards of the rule of law and external aggression and war crimes contrary to international law. Neither the bombing of its own civilian population in […]