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 […]

European Fact-finding mission to clarify the circumstances leading to the conviction of 18 Turkish lawyers

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 18 Turkish lawyers by the 37th High Criminal Court in March of this year, resulting in long prison sentences. There are currently […]

No to the aggression of the people of North-East Syria (Rojava)

The AED-EDL expresses its firm condemnation of Turkish military operations aiming at the invasion of Northern Syria-Rojava. This invasion has the sole purpose of putting an end to the experience of the North-East Syrian Democratic Autonomous Administration, and will cause suffering and mourning primarily in the civilian population. The Autonomous Administration was born of the […]

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 […]

The Day of the Endangered Lawyer 2019

The Day of the Endangered Lawyer was dedicated this year to Turkey, where the situation is extremely grave. Turkey is the weakest link of European democracy, if it can still be called a democracy, when lawyers are imprisoned.     Berlin         All over Europe, practicing lawyers mobilized to show solidarity with […]