Human Rights

ECtHR requests Turkish government’s defense in the case of İdris Sayılğan

14 June 2019

ECtHR requests the government’s defense in a Kurdish journalist’s case for the first time since the coup attempt of 15 July 2016

European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) requested the Turkish government’s defense in the case of journalist İdris Sayılğan, who has been behind bars at Trabzon Prison for over 2 years. Sayılğan is represented by Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA).

Constitutional Court rejects Osman Kavala’s application, finds no violation of right to liberty and security

22 May 2019

Ankara – Constitutional Court’s General Secretariat rejected Osman Kavala’s individual application today. The high court ruled that Anadolu Kültür Inc. Chairman Osman Kavala’s detention does not violate his right to liberty and security. Kavala was arrested on November 1st, 2017 and has been imprisoned since. The court reached this decision with majority of votes (10-5). Following this ruling, all eyes are turned towards Kavala’s application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which is still pending.

MLSA Co-Director Veysel Ok receives Thomas Dehler Medal

5 April 2019

Lawyer Veysel Ok, who has defended dozens of journalists in Turkey who were prosecuted for their work, was awarded the Thomas Dehler Medal 2019, given in the honor of the first Minister of Justice of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ok is awarded this prestigious medal for his work in advocating for freedom of speech and the rule of law in Turkey.

The medal was presented in a ceremony held in Munich on April 5. Lawyer Ok received his medal from Germany’s former Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger.

Joint Press Release: Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu must be released immediately!

12 March 2019

The investigation concerning the Gezi protests of 2013 has been concluded, and 16 persons, including Osman Kavala and Yiğit Aksakoğlu, who have both been detained pending trial, were indicted. It has been announced that the indictment was accepted on March 4, 2019 by Istanbul 30th High Criminal Court and the first hearing will be held on June 24-25, 2019.