Istanbul Bar Association stands in solidarity with the European Bars Federation (FBE) to ensure that the voice of Afghan people, particularly the Afghan women and girls at risk, can be heard worldwide after the return of Taliban regime. Please find below the e-mail correspondence between Atty. Mehmet Durakoğlu, President of Istanbul Bar Association, and Atty. Dominique Attias, President of FBE:
September 3, 2021
Dear Mrs. President Attias,
First of all, I would like to thank you for your e-mail dated 1 September, 2021.
Istanbul Bar Association is gravely concerned about the recent situation in Afghanistan, especially about the deterioration of the rights of Afghans women and girls after the return of Taliban regime.
Reminding that violation of women’s rights is a human rights violation and it is a global problem, we support any action, both in national and international levels, for the voice of Afghan people and women to be heard.
Therefore, we stand in solidarity with the European Bars Federation, of which Istanbul Bar Association is one of the founding members.
Please find below the link for the statement of Istanbul Bar Association Women’s Rights Center concerning the recent situation in Afghanistan, and the social media coverage for the global solidarity campaign which took place on 1 September, 2021 is attached for your information.
Atty. Mehmet DURAKOĞLU
President of Istanbul Bar Association
September 1, 2021
In light of the situation presently unfolding in Afghanistan, the European Bars Federation, which represents 250 Bar Associations and more than 1.000.000 lawyers, promoting the Rule of Law and the defense of Human rights in Europe and worldwide, expresses its grave concern about the political and social unrest, and deteriorated security following the return to power of the Taliban in this country.
We are extremely worried about the Afghans – particularly women and girls at risk, who will once again be the victims of a fundamentalist, retrograded and autocratic vision of life in society. They deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. Any form of discrimination and abuse should be prevented.
The European Bars Federation supports lawyers and Judges in Afghanistan and calls upon the Taliban regime to respect the Rule of Law following international standards with respect for human rights.
The international community must immediately abandon its current position of non–belligerence towards the Taliban regime and demands respect for human rights, standing ready to ensure that their voices can be heard.
According to the initiative of the Barcelona Bar Association, founder member of our Federation, we have organized a gathering on the situation in Afghanistan to be held next Monday 6 September, at 12.00 PM CEST at the premises of the Bar Association, where we shall be reading a joint statement regarding the regression of rights in Afghanistan.
Therefore, we call upon all the European Bars to join this action by gathering in front of their respective Bars.
With my best wishes.