Ali Yildiz is a lawyer from Turkey who held office in Ankara. He was also a member of the Law and Life Association, providing scholarship to students and doing projects on international human rights.
In 2016, while based in Europe, Ali Yildiz established the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, a lawyers initiative with the aim of protecting colleague lawyers from Turkey who are facing threats, arrests and prosecution. The Arrested Lawyers Initiative worked in cooperation with the International Bar Association Human Rights Committee, the CCBE, the Law Society of England and Wales, the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) and many more Bars around Europe including Italy’s CNF, France’s CNB, Norway’s Advokatforeningen. The initiative also worked together with Lawyers organizations, such as Lawyers for Lawyers and the Endangered Lawyers.
The Arrested Lawyers Initiative provides information about the current situation of lawyers in Turkey on an ongoing basis. Reference to this information was made in documents of the United Nations and the United States Secretary of State.
Besides his work for the Arrested Lawyers Initiative, Ali Yildiz is currently studying European and International Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.
Ali Yıldız is one of the candidates on the shortlist of the Lawyers for Lawyers Award 2019.
On 30 June 2020, a ruling-party proposed bill which aims to restructure bar associations was submitted to the Parliament in Turkey. Lawyers from Turkey organized and participated in countrywide protests against the proposed bill. The draft bill was presented toLees verder
Ebru Timtik and Aytaç Ünsal from the Progressive Lawyers Association (ÇHD) in Turkey have been on a death fast for more than 4 months. The two lawyers started their hunger strike on 3 February 2020, in protest of the longLees verder
On 24 June Lawyers for Lawyers together with 34 bar associations and lawyers’ organizations, published an advertisement in the newspapers BirGün and Yeni Yaşam to draw attention to the deteriorating situation of lawyers in Turkey. The English-language text of theLees verder
On 11 June 2020, the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute, the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights, the Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project, Lawyers for Lawyers andLees verder