Location Turkey Turkey

Seventeen Turkish lawyers are in detention in different parts of the country; sixteen of them for several weeks

On the 8th of November 2017, Selcuk Kozagacli, President of the ÇHD, a progressive association of lawyers and a member of the AED, was arrested with great violence and detained in Istanbul. The accusations against our colleague justifying his detention by the Turkish authorities consist of complicity in terrorism.

Our colleague and friend Selcuk Kozagacli is one of the best-known human rights defenders in Turkey.

Today our colleague Selcuk Kozagacli is himself exposed to these same barbaric acts. To be convinced of this, it suffices to visualize the consequences of the conditions of his arrest. Our colleague is now on a hunger strike to try to force get his appearance before a judge.

The EDA demands the immediate release of Selcuk Kozagacli and the following sixteen lawyers from the Turkish authorities: Barkın Timtik, Ebru Timtik, Süleyman Gökten, Ezgi Çakır, Ahmet Mandacı, Yağmur Ereren, Aytaç Ünsal, Didem Baydar Ünsal , Ayşegül Çağatay, Engin Gökoğlu, Behiç Aşçı, Aycan Çiçek, Şükriye Erden, Özgür Yılmaz, Zehra Özdemir and Naciye Demi, who did not commit any other crimes than fulfilling their function of defender and denouncing the blatant violation of the rights of their clients.

Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, Den Haag, Berlin, Rome, Brussels…

9th November 2017.

European Democratic Lawyers

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