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Turkey: plan to divide, undermine legal profession

Draft law reduces leading bar associations’ authority, leads to creation of rival groups, the ICJ and Human Rights Watch said today. The Turkish government’s plan to allow for multiple bar associations appears calculated to divide the legal profession along political lines and diminish the biggest bar associations’ role as human rights watchdogs, they added. (more…)

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Turkey: conviction of human rights defenders a blow to the rule of law

The ICJ deplores today’s conviction of former Amnesty International Turkey President Taner Kılıç, and former Chair of Human Rights Agenda Association Günal Kurşun, former Director of Amnesty International Turkey İdil Eser and human rights defender Özlem Dalkıran by the Istanbul 35th Heavy Penal Court, on clearly unfounded terrorism charges. (more…)

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Singapore: In lead up to elections, all political parties and parliamentary candidates urged to commit to respecting and protecting human rights

In the lead-up to general elections on 10 July, today, the ICJ, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) urged all political parties and parliamentary candidates in Singapore to commit to respecting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms as part of their mandate. (more…)

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