Since the failed coup in July 2016, the Turkish government has detained and charged thousands of journalists, lawyers, judges and human rights defenders with accusations of involvement in the coup or providing support to terrorist organisations linked to the coup. After months in detention, trials are finally starting to commence. Many human rights organisations, including the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales and Amnesty International, have sent international observers to report on the trials and outline concerns over apparent human rights violations taking place in Turkey. However, these trials are only the beginning.

BHRC and Amnesty International invite you to join us for a panel discussion on the situation in Turkey. Through this we will seeks to develop a strategy for cooperation among human rights organisations to ensure an effective response. Speakers from Turkish and international human rights organisations will provide insight into their experiences in Turkey and offer suggestions for future trial observations and coordinated efforts among organisations.

Our panelists include John Dalhuisen, the Director of Europe and Central Asia at Amnesty International; Geogia Nash, the MENA and Turkey programme officer at Article 19;  Ayse Bingol, a Turkish human rights lawyer currently working with the Media Legal Defence Initiative; and  Pete Weatherby QC, a BHRC executive member who recently attended a trial observation in Turkey. The panel will be chaired by BHRC Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC.

For more information and to register for the event, visit our eventbrite page here.