The oral statement was read by the IBA’s human rights institute and joined by the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee, Lawyers for Lawyers, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada and the Union Internationale des Avocats. 

In relation to Turkey, the 5 organisations expressed their concern over the widespread attacks against by Turkish lawyers since July 2016. These attacks include arbitrary detention, harassment, threats, alleged torture and ill-treatment in detention, unjust prosecutions on overbroad charges, and trials by executive-controlled courts.  

Regarding Poland, the organisations highlighted their concern about the ongoing ‘state-led campaign of intimidation and harassment’ against judges in relation to the reform of the Supreme Court in the country. 

Read the full oral statement before the Special Rapporteur attached. 

On 25 June, the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers also released a press statement highlighting his further concerns after his visit to Poland in October 2017.