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Germany : Human Rights Commissioner StrEnsser on the award of the Hans Litten Prize to Turkish lawyer Selcuk Koza?acl?

The Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid and Member of the German Bundestag, Christoph StrEnsser, issued the following statement today (17 May 2014) on the award of the Hans Litten Prize to the lawyer Selcuk Koza?acl?:

The Berlin Chamber of Lawyers Hans Litten Prize is being awarded to the Turkish lawyer, Selcuk Koza?acl?, today. I would like to warmly congratulate him on this. At the same time, I deeply regret that he is unable to receive this award in person. Mr Koza?acl? was detained pending trial for over a year for carrying out his work as a lawyer. On 21 March 2014 he was released on the condition that he did not travel abroad. The proceedings against him give cause for concern.

Following the abolition of specially authorised courts by the fifth judicial reform package, this case has now been given to a court of general jurisdiction. This brings hope that from now on, standards fully in line with the rule of law will be observed.

I call for a fair trial for Mr Koza?acl?.

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Date:May 20, 2014
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