Turkish lawyer attacks condemned

by Steve Randall29 Mar 2016
Law Council condemns attacks on Turkish lawyers
The recent attacks on lawyers and judges in Turkey have been condemned by the Law Council of Australia. Nine lawyers were arrested in their homes on 16 March, they were all known to represent minority groups and those accused of crimes against the state. Colleagues of the lawyers were attacked by riot police at a press conference the following day.
Law Council of Australia president Stuart Clark AM said the attacks were extremely worrying and wants the Australian government to make its position clear to the Turkish authorities.

“The Law Council of Australia has arranged a meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and we will be urging engagement with senior representatives of the Turkish Government in a private and public capacity,” he said.

Mr Clark called for the protection of rights of lawyers to carry out their work unhindered.
 
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