The killing of Mr Tahir Elçi, President of the Diyarbakir Bar

December 2nd, 2015 § 0 comments

Today, the CCBE wrote a letter to the President of Turkey, Mr Tayyip Erdoğan expressing its shock and consternation over the killing of Mr Tahir Elçi in Sur on 28 November 2015. Mr Elçi was a Turkish human rights lawyer and President of the Diyarbakır Bar Association.


In the letter, the CCBE condemned in the strongest terms the killing of Mr Tahir Elçi and respectfully urged Mr Tayyip Erdoğan to launch a full and impartial investigation into his killing with a view to bringing those responsible to justice in accordance with international standards. In addition, the CCBE asked to guarantee in all circumstances that all lawyers in Turkey are entitled to freedom of expression, and able to carry out their legitimate activities without fear of reprisal, hindrance, intimidation, or harassment.

The CCBE would also like to express its support and solidarity with Mr Tahir Elçi’s colleagues at the Diyarbakır Bar Association, and with all Turkish lawyers.

The full letter can be found here.

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