Nov 21

Mass arrests of human rights lawyers in Turkey

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Another wave of mass arrests targeting human rights lawyers and their legitimate and professional activities occurred today in the early morning, in Diyarbakir. It is reported that the arrest warrant list includes 101 people in total, includes very-well known human rights lawyers, the representatives of human rights organizations and so on. The number of the arrested lawyers is not certain yet, but for now at least 20 lawyers are under arrest and one of them is our colleague Bünyamin Seker, who is the co-chair of ÖHD / Lawyers Association for Freedom. As always the houses of the lawyers and representatives of civil society organizations were raided by the police and computers, books, and many digital materials were confiscated. You can access more details here

We believe that the strongest possible reaction is a must under these circumstances. Otherwise this ongoing persecution will leave the profession once again paralyzed. We will call for an intervention of legal community and individual lawyers all around the world.