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Alexandra Louis: reprisals against lawyers in Turkey must stop

Alexandra Louis continues to voice concern over the situation of lawyers in Turkey, including the arrest of 47 lawyers on 11 September and searches of their offices.

“Lawyers should not be criminalised for exercising their profession or convicted on dubious charges.”

“These actions do not help to create the proper conditions for lawyers to work. Once again, I call on the Turkish authorities to put an end to all forms of reprisals against lawyers, including judicial harassment and arbitrary detention,” said Alexandra Louis (France, ALDE), PACE’s General Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in Council of Europe member states.

Since July 2016 over 1500 lawyers have been persecuted in Turkey. On 22 September Alexandra Louis issued a joint statement with PACE Monitoring co-rapporteurs on the honouring of obligations and commitments by Turkey. PACE News

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