Turkey L4L, LRWC, the Law Society and FTW file joint UPR submission
L4L has together with Lawyers Rights Watch Canada, the Law Society of England and Wales and Fair Trial Watch filed a joint submission for the Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council of Turkey, which will take place in January/February 2015. In this submission, the organizations put emphasis on the fact that legal proceedings are being used make the work of lawyers who take on political sensitive cases difficult or even impossible. Due to the fact that L4L and FTW have been monitoring almost all hearings in the mass cases against lawyers in Turkey over the past three years, the organizations were able to make detailed recommendations. The ‘submission’ particularly emphasizes the obligations of the Turkish authorities in respect of the Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. L4L launched a database in 2011 in which documents can be located containing references to the Basic Principles.
Please see the complete UPR submission here.
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