Faculty and other bars express concern for rule of law in Turkey

19 Jul


The Faculty has joined the other bars of the UK and Ireland to express their concern about the situation in Turkey and its possible implications for the rule of law in the country.

The leaders of the four bars – Scotland, England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland – took time at a scheduled meeting in London to consider reports of the arrests of thousands of judges following the attempted coup in Turkey.

In a statement, Chantal-Aimee Doerries, QC, Chairman of the Bar of England & Wales, said: “We have read with grave concern reports of a substantial number of arrests of the Turkish judiciary over the weekend and are concerned about the possible implications of these developments for the rule of law in Turkey. We are reviewing the situation carefully and have reached out to other European bar leaders to establish more information before determining our next response.”

The statement added that the judiciary and legal profession in any jurisdiction should not and could not fulfil their duties under the threat of arrest.

“This is not the first time this Turkish government has struck at the core of fundamental civil and democratic values,” said Ms Doerries.

“In March, nine human rights lawyers, known for their work in representing minority groups and people accused of terrorism and crimes against the state, were arrested in police raids on their homes.”