Turkey – Death Of The Lawyer Ebru Timtik (29 August 2020)


We were shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the death of the lawyer Ebru Timtik, victim of a hunger strike that she began to demand a fair trial.

France pays tribute to the engagement of this lawyer for the rule of law and for fundamental freedoms, including every person’s right to a fair trial, and extends its condolences to the family, colleagues and loved ones of Ebru Timtik.

France once again calls on Turkey to comply with its international commitments, including the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. It will continue closely following the trials against all representatives of civil society and human rights defenders in Turkey, and particularly demands respect for the rights of the lawyer Aytaç Ünsal, on a hunger strike for more than 200 days, and his swift release.