Selçuk Kozağaçlı is a lawyer and member of the People’s Law Office who worked on many human rights cases. Selçuk Kozağaçlı is well- known for working on the “Soma Mine” disaster,the worst mine disaster in Turkey’s history, in which 301 miners were killed. He is also president of the ÇHD, an association which focuses on the right to life and advocates for the prevention of all types of attack on fundamental rights and human dignity. On 22 November, 2016 the CHD was closed down by a government decree issued under the State of Emergency.
Selçuk Kozağaçlı was arrested in November 2017 and charged with “membership of a terrorist organisation”. It was reported that during his pre-trial detention, he was kept in solitary confinement for a long period of time. Together with four other lawyers, Selçuk Kozağaçlı started a hunger strike on 24 January, 2019 to protest the irregularities in their trial and serious concerns about judicial independence.
On 20 March, 2019, the İstanbul 37th Heavy Penal Courtin Silivri Courthouse convicted him together with 17 other lawyers of terrorist related crimes. Selçuk Kozağaçlı was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months of imprisonment.
Selçuk Kozağaçlı received the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019.
In a letter to the Turkish authorities Lawyers for Lawyers expressed concern about the legal proceedings initiated against prominent human rights lawyer and defender Levent Pişkin. The final hearing in his court case will be held on 18 November 2020.Lees verder
Over the last year, the Turkish government has increased the pressure on independent bar associations in Turkey by passing a disputed law and launching multiple criminal investigations into bar associations. Turkey’s Law on Lawyers In June 2020, the Turkish governmentLees verder
On 29 September 2020, Lawyers for Lawyers, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada, and the Law Society of England and Wales delivered an oral statement during the 45th Session of the UN Human Rights Council.Lees verder
On 15 September 2020, the 16th Penal Chamber of the Court of Cassation has ruled that the convictions of all ÇHD lawyers, except for Barkın Timtik, Selçuk Kozağaçlı and Ezgi Çakır, shall be upheld. On 20 March 2019, the IstanbulLees verder