Manifestazione Avvocati TurchiQuesta notte in Turchia si è avverato quanto si temeva da tempo, ossia da quando, senza alcuna conseguenza-critica sul piano internazionale, la maggioranza fedele ad Erdogan aveva eliminato l'immunità  parlamentare:: sono stati arrestati o sono ancora ricercati i parlamentari eletti nelle liste dell'HDP, cinquantanove. E' in stato di arresto Demirtas, ed altri 12 parlamentari dell'HDP, una forza politica che ha raggiunto 6 milioni di voti e superato per due volte lo sbarramento del 10% così impedendo la trasformazione in senso presidenziale ed autoritario della Costituzione turca.

Un colpo di stato che riafferma con chiarezza la natura del regime totalitario di Erdogan.

Manifestazione Avvocati TurchiQuesta notte in Turchia si è avverato quanto si temeva da tempo, ossia da quando, senza alcuna conseguenza-critica sul piano internazionale, la maggioranza fedele ad Erdogan aveva eliminato l'immunità  parlamentare:: sono stati arrestati o sono ancora ricercati i parlamentari eletti nelle liste dell'HDP, cinquantanove. E' in stato di arresto Demirtas, ed altri 12 parlamentari dell'HDP, una forza politica che ha raggiunto 6 milioni di voti e superato per due volte lo sbarramento del 10% così impedendo la trasformazione in senso presidenziale ed autoritario della Costituzione turca.

Un colpo di stato che riafferma con chiarezza la natura del regime totalitario di Erdogan.

Che questo fosse il destino di quanti si sono spesi democraticamente nelle elezioni in Turchia cercando di affermare la dialettica democratica in un paese di fatto in guerra da decenni era chiaro e prevedibile, ed il pericolo si è accentuato, nel disinteresse generale, dopo il tentato colpo di stato;  nelle scorse settimane e negli scorsi mesi sono stati arrestati tutti gli appartenenti alle “categorie a rischio”: sindaci, avvocati, magistrati, giornalisti, ma anche accademici, persone di cultura.

Si parla ormai con quasi certezza di reintroduzione della pena di morte, e molti oppositori al regime di Erdogan la vita l'hanno persa davvero. Per tutti, ricordiamo Tahir Elci, presidente dell'Ordine degli Avvocati di Diyarbakir, assassinato in piazza.

Come Giuristi crediamo ormai indispensabile per chiunque abbia a cuore le regole della democrazia e del diritto prendere una posizione chiara e forte contro la barbarie che il regime di Erdogan sta ristabilendo in Turchia. E la prima, improrogabile, azione che non può essere evitata è l'immediata sospensione dell'accordo Ue-Turchia, che assicura al governo di Erdogan ingenti stanziamenti formalmente destinati al rafforzamento del controllo sulle frontiere ed all'accoglienza dei profughi. L'Ue sta destinando i profughi delle guerre in Siria al paese forse più  insicuro e più totalitario dell'intera area mediorientale!

The Istanbul Security Directorate in Vatan Street where some of the cases of police torture and ill-treatment documented by Human Rights Watch took place.  © 2016 Human Rights Watch Summary:

"Because of the state of emergency, nobody will care if I kill you. I will just say I shot you while you tried to run away" - Police officer to a detainee, overheard by family members of another detainee.

"You won’t make it out of here alive. We now have 30 days" - Police officer referencing the extended period of police detention to a detainee while threatening to rape him with a baton, as told to the detainee’s lawyer.

"We had come a long way. The anti-torture struggle in Turkey was important. But torture is like a contagious disease. Once it starts it will spread. It is painful to see the reversal taking place now." - Lawyer involved in anti-torture cases in Turkey who was detained together with people he believed were being tortured

The Istanbul Security Directorate in Vatan Street where some of the cases of police torture and ill-treatment documented by Human Rights Watch took place.  © 2016 Human Rights Watch Summary: "Because of the state of emergency, nobody will care if I kill you. I will just say I shot you while you tried to run away" - Police officer to a detainee, overheard by family members of another detainee.


"You won’t make it out of here alive. We now have 30 days" - Police officer referencing the extended period of police detention to a detainee while threatening to rape him with a baton, as told to the detainee’s lawyer.

"We had come a long way. The anti-torture struggle in Turkey was important. But torture is like a contagious disease. Once it starts it will spread. It is painful to see the reversal taking place now." - Lawyer involved in anti-torture cases in Turkey who was detained together with people he believed were being tortured

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On July 15-16, 2016, elements of the military attempted a coup d’état against the elected government of Turkey. Those involved in the coup deployed tanks in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, bombed the parliament with fighter jets, and opened fire from helicopters on people who took to the street to protest the attempted coup. At least 241 citizens and security personnel died in the fighting.

Shortly after the failed coup the Turkish government declared a state of emergency, a step they are entitled to take in exceptional circumstances. They also have the right – and even the obligation – to protect the public, investigate crimes committed during the attempted coup, including murder and causing bodily harm, and to hold those responsible to account. 

MEDELLes représentants des organisations membres de Medel,

Se référant :

  • à la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, adoptée à Paris le 10 décembre 1948 ;
  • à la Convention du 28 juillet 1951, relative au statut des réfugiés, que tous les Pays européens ont signé et ratifié ;
  • à la Convention européenne pour la sauvegarde des droits de l’Homme et des libertés fondamentales et à ses Protocoles ;
  • à la Charte des droits des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne ;
  • à la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme e de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne, qui ont tracé un cadre précis des obligations des Etats vis-à-vis des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile, notamment quand il s’agit des mineurs non accompagnés

MEDELLes représentants des organisations membres de Medel,

Se référant :

  • à la Déclaration universelle des droits de l'homme, adoptée à Paris le 10 décembre 1948 ;
  • à la Convention du 28 juillet 1951, relative au statut des réfugiés, que tous les Pays européens ont signé et ratifié ;
  • à la Convention européenne pour la sauvegarde des droits de l’Homme et des libertés fondamentales et à ses Protocoles ;
  • à la Charte des droits des droits fondamentaux de l’Union européenne ;
  • à la jurisprudence de la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme e de la Cour de justice de l’Union européenne, qui ont tracé un cadre précis des obligations des Etats vis-à-vis des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile, notamment quand il s’agit des mineurs non accompagnés

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, which is composed of the four European judges associations: Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés(MEDEL).

CONSIDERING that Turkey had suffered a terrible attack against its democratic institutions on 15.7.2016 which killed almost three hundreds of its people and left much more seriously wounded, an event which has to be strongly condemned

Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ) European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés (MEDEL)The Platform for an Independent Judiciary in Turkey, which is composed of the four European judges associations: Association of European Administrative Judges (AEAJ), European Association of Judges (EAJ), Judges for Judges, Magistrats Européens pour la Démocratie et les Libertés(MEDEL).

CONSIDERING that Turkey had suffered a terrible attack against its democratic institutions on 15.7.2016 which killed almost three hundreds of its people and left much more seriously wounded, an event which has to be strongly condemned

UNDERLINING that those whose involvement in this coup d’état have been proved should be hold accountable

WELCOMING the fact that all political parties and the Turkish people have delivered a strong statement for democracy

REMINDING that a basic pillar of democracy is the rule of law and a commitment to the safeguarding of human rights, enshrined in the European Convention of Human Rights (EHCR), to which Turkey is a party,

ENCJThe ENCJ reiterates its unreserved condemnation of the recent attempted coup in Turkey. The loss of life incurred in this attack on a democratically elected government is inexcusable. Those responsible should be made accountable through an open, fair and impartial judicial process conforming with international standards.

The ENCJ has expressed its concern, both before and after the attempted coup, that the approach of the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors to the transfer, suspension, removal and prosecution of judges has not been consistent with the principles of judicial independence. The ENCJ has received persuasive information that these procedures have taken place without respecting the principles referred to above.

ENCJThe ENCJ reiterates its unreserved condemnation of the recent attempted coup in Turkey. The loss of life incurred in this attack on a democratically elected government is inexcusable. Those responsible should be made accountable through an open, fair and impartial judicial process conforming with international standards.

The ENCJ has expressed its concern, both before and after the attempted coup, that the approach of the High Council for Judges and Prosecutors to the transfer, suspension, removal and prosecution of judges has not been consistent with the principles of judicial independence. The ENCJ has received persuasive information that these procedures have taken place without respecting the principles referred to above.

The board of the ENCJ has repeatedly requested the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors for details of the procedures followed relating to the extraordinary mass dismissal of thousands of judges and prosecutors and to demonstrate that minimum international standards in relation to disciplinary proceedings against judges and prosecutors have been followed. To date no satisfactory response has been received to these vital inquiries.

As a result of the information that the ENCJ has received and the failure of the Turkish High Council to provide any satisfactory response to it, the board is forced to conclude that the Turkish High Council for Judges and Prosecutors no longer meets the requirements of the ENCJ that it is independent of the executive and legislature so as to ensure the independence of the Turkish Judiciary. The board of the ENCJ has accordingly resolved unanimously to propose to its General Assembly the suspension of the status of Observer to the ENCJ of the HSYK. To this end it has called an extraordinary general meeting which will take place in December 2016.

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