Commissioner for Human Rights published memorandum on the human rights implications of the emergency measures in Turkey

October 7th, 2016 § 0 comments

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The memorandum, published today, follows-up on a visit of Commissioner Nils Muižnieks to Ankara at the end of September. The Commissioner insists on the urgency of reverting to ordinary procedures and safeguards, by ending the state of emergency as soon as possible. With regard to on-going criminal proceedings, the Commissioner refers, inter alia, to drastic restrictions to access to lawyers, as well as limitations on the confidentiality of the client-lawyer relationship. As far as the relevant procedural safeguards are concerned, including the period of custody, restrictions to access to lawyers, as well as other deviations from criminal procedure, notably regarding restrictive measures taken directly by prosecutors, the Commissioner urges the Turkish authorities to revert to the situation before the state of emergency as a matter of urgency.” The memorandum can be downloaded here.

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