Event: Turkey’s continuing crisis – Freedom of expression and the rule of law under threat

When: 21 November 2018 | 18:00

Where: Houses of Parliament, Committee Room 20

Bar Human Rights Committee of England & Wales and Article 19 invite you to join us for a panel discussion highlighting urgent and continuing concerns about freedom of expression and the rule of law in Turkey, which has jailed more journalists than any other worldwide in the last two years. The panel event, chaired by Ms Ann Clwyd MP, is hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights.

On 18 July 2018, Turkey formally ended the nationwide state of emergency after two years. Yet, even as Turkey finds itself at the centre of worldwide attention on human rights and journalists, freedom of expression remains under attack as record numbers of journalists are placed on trial and international legal observers continue to raise serious concerns for the right to a fair trial and the rule of law itself in Turkey today.

Speakers will present their own observations from the trials of journalists accused of involvement in the failed coup and will explore the response of the international community, including that of the EU and the UK government, as well as the European Court of Human Rights, to this serious crisis.


Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

Sarah Clarke, Policy and Advocacy Manager, PEN International

David Diaz-Jogeix, Director of Programmes, ARTICLE 19

Andrew Finkel, Director, P24 Platform for Independent Journalism

Schona Jolly QC, co-Vice Chair, Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales

More information about the organisers

The Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) is the international human rights arm of the Bar of England and Wales, working to protect the rights of advocates, judges and human rights defenders around the world. BHRC is concerned with defending the rule of law and internationally recognised legal standards relating to human rights and the right to a fair trial. It is independent of the Bar Council.

ARTICLE 19 is an international NGO that works for a world where all people everywhere can freely express themselves and actively engage in public life without fear of discrimination. They work globally on two interlocking freedoms which set the foundation for all their work, the freedom to speak and the freedom to know. When either of these freedoms comes under threat, either by the failure of power-holders to adequately protect them, ARTICLE 19 speaks with one voice, through courts of law, through global and regional organisations, and through civil society wherever we are present.

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