The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The human rights practices of member states are reviewed by the UN every five years. In this regard, The UPR report on Turkey will be adopted on September 29, 2020  by the UN Human Rights Council. During the sessions, 10 NGOs that contributed to the preparation of the UPR reports will be given two minutes to speak out to make an evaluation. In two minutes, a representative of Turkish NGOs will try to reveal the violations of human rights that have been going on since 2016, and we will emphasize the operations carried out against lawyers.

Another issue; During UN Human Rights Council meetings, side events can be organized by non-governmental organizations to present and discuss problems. Activities are carried out within the body of the UN Human Rights Council and announced on the UN website. For this, NGOs must be accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council or act together with the accredited NGOs. However, this year’s side events will be held online due to Covid-19.

Taking into account the arrest of lawyers in recent days , we wanted to perform an online side event titled “Independence of the judiciary in Turkey”. Our goal is to announce the ongoing human rights violations in Turkey.

1. Diego Garcia-Sayan, UN special reporter on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers
2. Valerie Peay, Director of the UK-based NGO “International Observatory of Human Rights”
3. Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, former UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a  Democratic and Equitable International Order
4. Johan Vande Lanotte, Belgian Politician and former Deputy Prime Minister
5. Kutlan Menderes Elmas, former Turkish Judge

Our event is on September 28, 2020 which is the day before the adoption of the UPR report of Turkey. It will take place on zoom and Youtube between 10:00 and 11:30 as of Geneva time. Our links:


Respectfully announced to the public



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