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Statement of The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)

The European Criminal Bar Association (ECBA)The ECBA, whose objects under its constitution include promoting “(...) the administration of justice and human rights under the rule of law within the member states of the Council of Europe and among the peoples of the world” is alarmed by reports that following an attempted coup d’état Turkey is considering the restoration of the death penalty in order to execute the ringleaders of the coup if not others as well.

Turkey is a member of the Council of Europe and a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights. Consequently Turkey is bound by Protocols 6 and 13 of the E CHR which abolish the death penalty. Any law adopted by the Turkish Parliament to restore the death penalty would automatically infringe these Protocols and in this regard no derogation under Article 15 of the Convention would be available.

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Letter from MEDEL to the Consultative Council of European Judges on suppression of the Independence of the Judiciary in Turkey

MEDELDear President Nils Engstad, We are writing you to call an extraordinary meeting as soon as possible to discuss the suppression of the independence of the judiciary in Turkey, after thousands of judges and prosecutors have been deposed from the bench in the middle of the night and detained without a due process and in clear violation of the basic rule of law principles.

Turkey is a member of the Consultative Council of European Judges (CCJE) and committed itself to respect the recommendation Rec(2010)12 on judges, related to their independence. The representative of Turkey to CCJE must provide answers to the Council about the recent developments in country, where a quarter of the magistrates have been purged as a result of a cleansing operation conducted by the Turkish government.

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Letter from MEDEL to the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors on suppression of the Independence of the Judiciary in Turkey

MEDELDear President Cédric VISART DE BOCARME, We are writing you to call an extraordinary meeting as soon as possible to discuss the suppression of the independence of the judiciary in Turkey, after thousands of judges and prosecutors have been deposed from the bench in the middle of the night and detained without a due process and in clear violation of the basic rule of law principles.

Turkey is a member of the Consultative Council of  European Prosecutors (CCPE) and committed itself to respect the recommendation Rec(2000)19, on the role of public prosecution in the criminal justice system. The representative of Turkey to CCPE must provide answers to the Council about the recent developments in country, where a quarter of the magistrates have been purged as a result of a cleansing operation conducted by the Turkish government.

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Statement of the President of the conference of INGOs: State of emergency in Turkey - Call on civil society to be vigilant

Turkey coup Photo: Shutterstock (Source: coe.int)In my capacity as President of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe, I am concerned about the situation of civil society in Turkey.  Following the failed coup attempt, condemned by the Council of Europe, and the declared state of emergency, the Turkish government has now announced its intention to temporarily suspend parts of the European Convention on Human Rights.

If, according to the statement of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the state of emergency aims to strengthen democracy, rule of law and fundamental freedoms[1], Turkey must continue to guarantee the rights enshrined in those articles of which can be no derogation, notably the right to life and the prohibition of torture. 

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Statement of the Polish Judges Association "IUSTITIA" on the detention of judges and prosecutors in Turkey

Polish Judges Association "IUSTITIA"Polish Judges Association "IUSTITIA" with a great concern notes the information coming from Turkey about dismissal more than 2,000 judges and prosecutors and detention a few hundreds of them. These actions raise serious concern about further democratic order in Turkey. There is no indication as to have a real connection with a failed coup.

Changes in the law, adopted in the months, prior to these events weakened the independence of the judiciary and the independence of the Turkish judges .Detention those among them who were protesting against the changes raises serious suspicions about the political background of the current action.

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Statement of the Supreme Judicial Council of Bulgaria

Supreme Judicial Council of BulgariaВисшият съдебен съвет на Република България изразява своята загриженост за спазване правата на над 2 700 турски съдии и прокурори, които по публични данни са били отстранени от работа, освободени от длъжност или арестувани непосредствено след неуспешния опит за преврат в Република Турция.

Като организация, членуваща в Европейската мрежа на съдебните съвети, споделяме изразения призив както от ЕМСС, така и от други международни съдийски организации, че търсенето на отговорност от лицата, които стоят зад опита за преврат в Република Турция, не трябва да нарушава върховенството на закона и принципите, гарантиращи независимостта на съдиите и прокурорите и правото на справедлив процес спрямо тях.

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