The judicial scandal has to come to an end – the imprisoned lawyers must be released

On November 11, the ÇHD I criminal case, which started in 2013, will continue at the 1st instance, before the 18th Heavy Penal Court in Istanbul. The victims of this long lasting trial are the accused 22 lawyers, all members of the Turkish Lawyers’ Organization ÇHD (Progressive Lawyers of Turkey) and all working in one […]

Another lawyer from Turkey has been arrested! Free Seda Saraldı

LAWYERS’ ASSOCIATIONS PROTEST ARREST OF TURKISH LAWYER SEDA SARALDI   We, the undersigned international lawyers’ associations, have for many years condemned the Turkish government’s systematic attacks on lawyers and bar associations for representing people allegedly opposed to government policies.   Ten lawyers from the Peoples’ Law Office and other members of the Progressive Lawyers Association […]

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 […]

Fact-Finding Mission on CHD Trials in Turkey

  Breach of a fair trial, independence of the judiciary and principles on the role of Lawyers. October 2019, Istanbul A group of 15 lawyers from 7 European countries met in Istanbul from 13 till 15 October 2019 for a fact-finding mission to clarify the legal circumstances that led to the conviction of the following […]

Covid-19 – No time to lose ! – Why imprisoned lawyers must be released immediately

The European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH) and the European Democratic Lawyers (AED-EDL) are European lawyers’ organisations with members in over 20 European countries, including Turkey. Both organisations have been monitoring court cases in Turkey for many years, especially the mass trials against lawyers of their two member organisations ÇHD – […]

Imprisoned Lawyers in Turkey: how can we show solidarity?

  How to show solidarity with the situation of lawyers in Turkey? Most of the initiatives of the next months have been cancelled or postponed, to explore the possibilities of continuing our political work you are invited to participate in a zoom conference on Thursday 2nd of April.            

WE WILL NOT BE A PART OF THIS CRIME!

Once again, Erdoǧan is using refugees as political pawns. Once again, human rights defenders from different fields and countries are witnessing an illegal and inhuman situation at the border between Greece and Turkey. Official numbers are not available, however, it is clear that thousands of refugees, including a large number of minors, have been manipulated […]

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 […]

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 […]