Turkey: IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on ‘Gezi Park’ protests

Turkey: IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on ‘Gezi Park’ protests

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly sent international observers to attend the first hearing of the criminal trial on the ‘Gezi Park’ protests at Silivri Prison Courthouse in Istanbul, scheduled to take place on 24 and 25 June 2019. The international observers who will be in attendance are Dr Mark Ellis, Executive Director of the IBA and Justice Ketil Lund, former judge of the Supreme Court of Norway and ICJ Commissioner.

Dr Ellis and Justice Lund will be observing a trial hearing before Istanbul 30th Assize Court with principal defendant Osman Kavala and 15 others: Ali Hakan Altinay, Ayse Mücella Yapici, Ayse Pinar Alabora, Can Dündar, Çigdem Mater Utku, Gökçe Yilmaz, Handan Meltem Arikan, Hanzade Hikmet Germiyanoglu, Inanç Ekmekci, Memet Ali Alabora, Mine Özerden, Serafettin Can Atalay, Tayfun Kahraman, Yigit Aksakoglu and Yigit Ali Ekmekçi. The observers will report directly to the IBAHRI and ICJ secretariats on the proceedings following the mission.

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