The Bar Human Rights Committee (“BHRC”) has published the Turkish version of its trial observation report of the “Gezi Park” trial of sixteen leading civil society individuals in Turkey.
The report was first published in English in May 2020. BHRC closely monitored the “Gezi Park” trial of sixteen leading civil society individuals in Turkey and conducted trial observations of this case, on various dates between June 2019 and February 2020. The trial ostensibly ended on 18 February 2020 with the acquittal of Osman Kavala and nine defendants, although the case is not yet concluded against others who are based abroad. Following his acquittal, Mr. Kavala was immediately re-arrested and detained in relation to new allegations of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order through violence, in effect re-opening the criminal investigation against him.
On 3 September 2020 the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which monitors the implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, urged Turkey to ensure the immediate release of jailed businessman and human rights campaigner Mehmet Osman Kavala.
The full report in English and Turkey can be viewed here