The CCBE (Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe) granted its 2016 Human Rights Award to four Turkish lawyers: Ayse Bingöl Demir, Ayse Acinikli, Ramazan Demir and posthumously to Tahir Elçi.
In November 2011, mass arrests of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers took place in raids executed simultaneously in many Turkish cities and provinces.
The statement condemns attempts to reinstate the death penalty in Turkey and was co-signed by 36 law societies and Bar associations, including the Law Society and the Bar Council.
It is estimated that between January and August 2016 up to 35 human rights defenders were killed in Colombia according to statistics provided by the Colombian NGO Somos Defensores and the field office of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Law Society states that “nothing should undermine the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law, and the separation of powers” in response to comments about legal cases brought by UK lawyers against UK troops over claims of abuse in Iraq.
The Law Society of England and Wales (TLS) and Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) submitted an Amicus Curiae brief to the Turkish Constitutional Court.
To read our July update please see the attached document. Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive our free updates please email HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk
The Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee at The Law Society, Mr. Tony Fisher, endorsed an oral statement made before the United Nations Human Rights Council on the general findings of the regional consultation “Independence of the Legal Profession” regarding the situation of lawyers in Europe, Caucasu, Central Asia and the Balkans.
The Law Society is concern regarding the unlawful and arbitrary arrest of two Turkish lawyers, namely, Ms. Ayse Acinikli and Mr. Ramazan Demir, held in pre-trial detention since 6 April 2016.
To read our April update please see the attached document. Our updates include news about the Law Society’s human rights activities, volunteering and job opportunities, events and training. If you would like to receive our free updates please email HumanRightsUpdate@lawsociety.org.uk