Please click here for the ECBA resolution on the Protection of Lawyers in the Exercise of their Professional Duties which expresses our concerns for past and upcoming criminal proceedings and coercive measures against defence lawyers in Turkey.

We are in particular seriously concerned about the trial against the President and the Board Members of the Istanbul Bar Association, starting on 17 May 2013. Such is our concern in this regard  that we will be present in court during this trial as European observers in terms of the rule of law and the UN Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers. This resolution was sent to the President and the Minister of Justice of Turkey and to the President of the Istanbul Bar Association on the 13th of May 2013.

Click here for the reply of President Barroso, European Commission.