BHRC launches human rights blog with Manchester School of Law students on the ongoing crisis in Turkey

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The Bar Human Rights Committee is proud to partner with Manchester School of Law and congratulates the master and PHD students who have been successful in their selection to write a blog on International Human Rights.  The blog’s current focus will be on the human rights breaches in Turkey.

The project was devised by BHRC Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC and Executive member Pete Weatherby QC and Dr. Shavana Musa, a lecturer in international law, security and human rights at the University of Manchester and a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee.

The first post was launched on 25 June and focused on the continued detention of Osman Kavala, a philanthropist and former University of Manchester student who is expected to receive an honorary degree from the University. Mr Kavala has been in detention in Turkey since 18 October 2017, but has yet to be brought before a judge.

The post considers this case as being emblematic of the corrosion of protections, rights and remedies for people in Turkey – a country with thousands of judges, lawyers, political dissidents, journalists and human rights defenders awaiting trial

BHRC Chair Kirsty Brimelow QC said:

“ BHRC is hugely excited to partner with Manchester School of Law and engage some of its most talented students to start applying academia to cases of human rights breaches. The students who are part of this project are making a valuable contribution in raising awareness of what is happening to people in Turkey where protections and rights are suppressed under a State of Emergency. It is hoped that the continued focus on the plight of Turkey’s people will assist President Erdogan to make the decision to cease renewal of the State of Emergency.”

You can read the blog post here.


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