Turkey Indictment Project: Cumhuriyet trial

Aska Fujita of BHRC has examined the indictment against the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet.

The indictment under examination, indictment no. 2017/1480, charges 19 defendants connected to the Cumhuriyet newspaper in various roles, including the chief editor, journalists, members of the Cumhuriyet Foundation Board of Directors / Executive Board members and accountants, with terrorism offences,

The indictment outlines that each of these defendants have expressed political views in disagreement with or criticising the State. However, it fails to properly set out why this constitutes a crime as opposed to a lawful exercise of the defendants’ right to freedom of expression, writes Aska Fujita of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

Read the evaluation of the indictment in English and Turkish here:

See all indictments and articles from the Turkey Indictment Project here.

Turkey Indictment Project: Büyükada trial

Clarissa Fondi and Hannah Beck have done an examination of the indictment in the Büyükada trial.

The Büyükada trial was set against 11 human rights activists. All defendants, including the two foreign workshop trainers, have been charged with crimes related to being suspected of affiliations with terrorist organisations.

Clarissa Fondi and Hannah Beck from the Vienna-based Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights have examined the indictment.

Read the report in English og Turkish:

See all indictments and articles from the Turkey Indictment Project here.

‘Need to know’ on the Turkish Justice System

Curious about the specifics of how the Turkish Justice system works? Have a look at these infographics.

For PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project, we present three information sheets on different parts of the Turkish justice system.

On the Council of Judges and Prosecutors:

On the Criminal Justice in Turkish Judiciary System

On the Turkish Bar Associations

Read all the reports and articles from the project here.

Examination of the MIT News Trial

Şerife Ceren Uysal takes a thorough look at the MIT News Case for PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project.

Read the report in English or Turkish here:

This report is a part of PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project. You can see more reports and read about the project here.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Is this your world of justice?

“This period is one of the darkest periods in the history of freedom of expression in Turkey and we are actually still living through it”, writes Berna Akkızal.

For PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project, Berna Akkızal has written an article describing the situation for freedom of expression in the Turkish legal system. 

Read the article in English and Turkish here:

Read all of the published reports from the Turkey Indictment Project here.

Evaluation of ‘Turkey v Deniz Yücel’

For the Turkey Indictment Project, human rights lawyer Şerife Ceren Uysal has examined the indictment against journalist Deniz Yücel.

The report is available in English and Turkish:

This report is a part of PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project. You can see more reports and read about the project here.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Legal Practice and Bar Associations – Where to now? By Dr. Kasım Akbaş

The Rule of Law in Turkey: Legal Practice and Bar Associations – Where to now? 

For PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project, Dr. Kasım Akbaş has written an article on the Legal Practice and Bar Associations. He asks where to now?

Read the article in English and Turkish here:

Read all of the published reports from the Turkey Indictment Project here.

Evaluation of ‘Turkey v Pelin Ünker’ by Heidi Heggdal

For PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project, Judge Heidi Heggdal has evaluated one of the indictments against journalist Pelin Ünker.

The report is available in English and Turkish:

Turkey Indictment Report_Pelin Unker_EN

Turkey Indictment Project_Pelin Unker_TR

This report is a part of PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project. You can see more reports and read about the project here.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Legal report on Indictment: Turkey v Osman Kavala and others

Kevin Dent QC from the BHRC has had a thorough look at the indictment against Osman Kavala and others in the Gezi Park trial.

This legal report is drafted by Kevin Dent QC as part of the Turkey Indictment Project, established by PEN Norway, and represents an analysis of the indictment in the case of Turkey v Osman Kavala and others, popularly known as the Gezi Park trial.

Download the reports here:

Turkey Indictment Project Gezi Park Indictment_EN

Turkey Indictment Project Gezi Park Indictment_TR

On 29 September 2020, a new indictment was filed against Osman Kavala. On 8 October 2020, this indictment was accepted by the 36th Heavy Criminal Court in Istanbul. The new indictment is similar to the previous one. We will be paying close attention to the new indictment.

This report is a part of PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project. You can see more reports and read about the project here.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Legal Report on Indictment: Turkey v Berzan Güneş

Hannah Beck and Clarissa Fondi have looked into the indictment against journalist Berzan Güneş. 

PEN Norway – Berzan Gunes Report – EN

PEN Norway – Berzan Gunes Report – TR

This report is a part of PEN Norway’s Turkey Indictment Project. You can see more reports and read about the project here.

The project is funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Consulate in Istanbul and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.