Human Rights

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.