1,600 lawyers have been detained and prosecuted in Turkey since 2016. Stuart Russell, former administrative judge and lawyer, now co-chair of the IAPL Monitoring Committee on Attacks on Lawyers, explains how Mr. Erdogan’s government is breaching the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
Teachers Mesut and Meral Kaçmaz, along with their two teenage daughters, were sleeping in their home in Lahore, Pakistan, when a group of 15-20 armed intelligence agents broke in and forcibly took them to an unknown location. Now, in a safe place and awaiting their sentence, they recall the story of their kidnapping.
In 2017, school principal Isa Antepli was deprived of his passport by the Cambodian authorities when he applied to renew his working visa. What seemed to be just procedural waiting time, turned out to be an attempt by the Turkish government to deport him back to Turkey.
Meltem Oktay, a former reporter for the Pro-Kurdish Dicle News Agency (DIHA) and a prominent human rights activist, was arrested and imprisoned for speaking up against the Turkish state on her social media accounts. Now, she lives in exile but continues to stand up against oppression and human rights violations.
Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy, medical doctor and activist, has dedicated his whole career to fighting for human rights in Turkey. After the coup attempt in 2016, he was one of thousands to be purged from public service, and was later sentenced to 2,5 years of imprisonment for a social media post.