BHRC has published the Turkish version of its trial observation report of the “Gezi Park” trial of sixteen leading civil society individuals in Turkey, including Open Society Foundation Board member Osman Kavala.
The report was first published in English in May 2020. BHRC had closely monitored the trial over several months since June 2019, which ostensibly ended with the acquittal of Mr Kavala and eight other defendants in February 2020. Following his acquittal, Mr Kavala was immediately re-arrested and detained in relation to new allegations of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence, in effect re-opening the criminal investigation against him.
On 3 September 2020 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which monitors the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, urged Turkey to ensure the immediate release of Osman Kavala.
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