A Commemoration of the Life of Tahir Elçi
– Where next for Freedom of Expression in Turkey? 

Tahir Elçi , President of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, was a fearless human rights defender and consistently principled advocate for minorities across Turkey. A victim of torture himself, Mr Elçi was instrumental in bringing cases of torture, detention and disappearances against Turkey before the domestic courts as well as the European Court of Human Rights.

On 28 November 2015, Tahir Elçi was shot dead following a press conference
in Diyarbakir in which he was calling for an end to violence between the PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) and the authorities.

As freedom of speech comes under increasing attack in Turkey, this seminar will discuss what can be done to improve human rights in the country.


Tuesday 22 March
6.30pm – 8pm
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LSSpeakers:

Muharrem Erbey, Vice President of the Turkish Human Rights Association

Ali Has, Kurdish/ British Solicitor-Advocate

Prof. Françoise Hampson, Barrister & Professor of LawUniversity of Essex

Tony Fisher, Chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee

Chaired by:

Kirsty Brimelow QC
Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales


Refreshments will be providedPlease RSVP to
[email protected]More information at barhumanrights.org.uk

In partnership with:
Peace in Kurdistan & The Law Society