Chair of Garden Court International and member of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Richard Harvey, recently met with lawyers in Turkey to discuss the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of Kurdish and Turkish lawyers on terrorism charges. He has kindly given us permission to reproduce his report into these meetings here.
Further addenda to his report can be downloaded here.
REPORT OF MEETINGS WITH TURKISH LAWYERS
ISTANBUL 24-25 FEBRUARY 2013
BY RICHARD HARVEY
Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3LJ
- Having read many recent reports of mass arrests of lawyers, trade union leaders and other human rights defenders in Turkey, I arranged to meet with a number of lawyers during my recent visit to Istanbul. I am particularly grateful for the assistance of Mr. Thomas Schmidt, Secretary General of ELDH, to Ms. Adrie van de Streek, Managing Director of L4L, and to Ms. Ayse Bingol for arranging these meetings.
- The history of the Turkish government’s targeting of criminal defence lawyers has been well documented by ELDH, L4L, IADL, Haldane and others. My purpose was to learn about the most recent developments following the mass arrests of 85 human rights defenders, including 15 lawyers, on 18 January 2013.
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