FBE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION – „Free Diyarbakir Lawyers Now“


The Federation of European Bars (FBE) with its Human Rights Commission are gravely concerned at receiving news from our colleagues in Turkey following mass arrests carried out by the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Diyarbakir on 20th November 2020.

Many lawyers and representatives of civil society organizations, including ÖHD co-chair Bünyamin Şeker, were detained during house raids carried out in Amed.

We understand that computers, books and many digital materials were confiscated during the house searches.

It was stated that detentions were part of the investigation numbered 2019/63324 against the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) launched by the Diyarbakır Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in 2019. Those detained are accused of „establishing organizations in favour of an illegal organisation.“

The names of those taken into custody in Amed today are as follows: “Lawyers Bünyamin Şeker, Abdulkadir Güleç, Eshat Aktaç, Serdar Talay, İmran Gökdere, Diyar Çetedir, Serdar Özer, Feride Laçin, Gevriye Atlı, Resul Tamur, Cemile Turhallı Balsak, Ahmet Kalpak, Devrim Barış Baran, Neşet Girasun, Sedat Aydın, Şivan Cemil Özen and Haknas Sadak, MED prisoners‘ families Solidarity and Legal Aid Associations Federation (TUHAD-FED) executive Diyar Dilek Özer and federation member Leyla Ayaz, former TTB Central Council member Şehmus Gökalp, DIVES member Süleyman Okur, Bağlar Municipality Council member Panayır Çelik, HDP Diyarbakır former provincial director Ilhami Yürek, dismissed SES member Ümit Çetinkaya, HABER-SEN member Mehmet Kaçar and Haknaz Sadak.

The FBE joins with the international legal community in condemning these arrests and calls on the Diyabakir Prosecutor’s Office to release those detained without further persecution.

The independence of lawyers must be respected according to international standards.


On behalf of the FBE Human Rights Commission,

Artur Wierzbicki

President of the Human Rights Commision of FBE