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#Turkey – Human rights lawyer Ebru Timtik dies after 238 day hunger strike





Today (28 August), lawyer Ebru Timtik died after 238 days of hunger strike. Timtuk was one of eighteen lawyers accused of being part of a terrorist organization, under Turkey’s sweeping anti-terrorism laws. The appeals court, which upheld the lawyers’ sentences in October 2019, was revealed to give the verdict without reviewing lawyers’ appeal. Timtik and Ünsal started hunger strikes on January 2 and February 2, respectively. Aytaç Ünsal, is continuing his fast and was also forcibly hospitalized on July 30. Following the convictions last year, Amnesty International described her trial as g, said: “Today’s convictions are a travesty of justice and demonstrate yet again the inability of courts crippled under political pressure to deliver a fair trial.” Timtik was sentenced to 13 years 6 months in prison last March for “terrorism-related” offences. Eighteen other lawyers from The Progressive Lawyers’ Association (ÇHD), were sentenced to a total of 159 years in prison.

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