Tony Fisher, member of the Law Society Human Rights Committee, reports back from Turkey where he took part in an international delegation to observe a mass trial of lawyers.

For the last two years and a half years the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales has, along with lawyers from a number of other countries in the EU and the US, been observing the trial of 45 mainly Kurdish lawyers who have been on trial in Istanbul, Turkey. This report should be read in conjunction with previous reports, in particular the report in relation to the hearing in November 2014 (attached), which gives a detailed narrative of the charges against the lawyers, the evidence relied upon, and a brief summary of the socio- political background of the “Kurdish issue” in Turkey. That report is attached.