United Nation’s Human Rights Council has received a 25-page document from the Law Society in the wake of the lack of judicial independence and the arbitrary arrest, detention, and prosecution of lawyers in Turkey.
The Law Society has raised a hue and cry over the “widespread and systematic persecution of members of the legal profession in Turkey”.
There was a purge of officials that was launched by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government. This was done in the wake of a failed coup in 2016 that led to suspects being convicted of terrorism.
However, the crime was never proved against the people arrested.
According to official records, in all, 4,260 judges and prosecutors were dismissed. Of these, 634 were convicted on terrorism charges, the Law Society says. A further 1,546 lawyers have been prosecuted and 311 sentenced to a total of 1,967 years in prison. This has been seen as a complete violation of human rights of those arrested.
The report, it is confirmed, is backed by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, the Paris Bar Human Rights Institute, the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights, the human rights committee of the Norwegian Bar Association, and other legal organizations