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PortugalThe Real Coup

The Turkish Government, with the excuse of reacting to a coup attempt, has been since the early hours of Saturday giving what it believes is the final stroke on the independence of the judiciary in Turkey.

Europe has been witnessing silently and bowed by the weakness of its leaders to a progressive concentration of absolute power around Erdogan. Episodes like the decisions on Gezi Park or the recent law that suspended more than 700 judges of the Supreme Court and the Council of State were only the antechamber of the attempt of total control of the judiciary that is ongoing since last Saturday.

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Ver.di fordert die türkische Regierung zur Einhaltung von Demokratie und Menschenrechten auf und protestiert gegen die massenhaften Entlassungen und Inhaftierungen von Richtern und Staatsanwälten

Ver.diDie Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft (ver.di) fordert die türkische Regierung auf, die Unabhängigkeit der Justiz sowie die Menschenrechte in der Türkei zu achten und erwartet von der Bundesregierung sowie der Europäischen Union, sich mit aller Deutlichkeit für die Wiederherstellung der Rechtsstaatlichkeit in der Türkei einzusetzen.

„Wir begrüßen, dass der Putschversuch keinen Erfolg hatte. Doch die türkische Regierung nutzt diesen Putschversuch nun offensichtlich dazu, fundamentale rechtsstaatliche Prinzipien außer Kraft zu setzen.

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UN human rights chief urges Turkey to uphold rule of law in response to attempted coup

High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein addresses the 31st regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. UN Photo/Jean-Marc FerréUN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemns mass suspension and removal of judges in Turkey. The United Nations human rights chief today called  on Turkish authorities to respond to the attempted military coup on   Friday by reinforcing the protection of human rights and strengthening   democratic institutions and checks and balances.

“The Turkish people bravely took to the streets to defend their country against those who sought to undermine its democracy. I urge the Government of Turkey to respond by upholding the rule of law, by strengthening the protection of human rights and by reinforcing democratic institutions,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein in a news release issued by his Office (OHCHR).

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Joint declaration of Portuguese and Spanish judges associations

Declaração conjunta Declaração conjunta as Associações de Juizes de Espanha e Portugal acompanham, com extrema preocupação, a situação que vivem atualmente os juízes turcos.

Considerando a gravidade da situação, com detenções de dezenas de juízes e a suspensão sumária e arbitrária de cerca de três mil dos seus membros, considerando a manifesta violação de valores essenciais ao Estado de Direito, o claro desrespeito de princípios democráticos como o da independência do poder judiciário e o da separação de poderes, considerando ainda a degradação extrema das condições mínimas de dignidade e segurança dos membros do judiciário nesse país, Las Asociaciones:

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The International Association of Prosecutors follows with the greatest concern the recent development in Turkey

IAPIn response to the reported suspension of more than 2.700 Turkish judges and prosecutors following the attempted coup d'état on the evening of July 15, 2016, the IAP issues the following statement:

The IAP is the only worldwide association of prosecutors, prosecuting authorities and associations. The IAP covers six continents and 173 jurisdictions. It is a non- governmental, non-political organization and is committed to connect prosecutors globally, to raise the standards of professional conduct and ethics for prosecutors worldwide, and to promote the rule of law, fairness, impartiality and respect for human rights.

The IAP condemns the violent attempt to overthrow a democratically elected government. Our thoughts go to the many people who lost they lives and to their families and friends. The responsible persons should be held accountable through fair proceedings in accordance with the rule of law.

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MEDEL calls on the European institutions to demand Turkey to release the arrested judges and prosecutors

MEDELMEDEL urges all the European institutions to condemn in the strongest terms the brutal attack of the Turkish authorities to the independence of the judiciary in the country. MEDEL calls for the immediate release of the thousands of judges and prosecutors who were arbitrarily deposed from the bench and arrested without the respect of any basic principle of Rule of law, just few hours after the attempt of coup d’Etat in this country was declared to be suppressed.

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