– 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.
6.30pm – 8pmDoughty 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 Law, University of Essex
Tony Fisher, Chair of the Law Society Human Rights Committee
Kirsty Brimelow QC
Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
[email protected]More information at barhumanrights.org.uk
In partnership with:
Peace in Kurdistan & The Law Society