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April 03, 2020

Statement of ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, Re: Marking Lawyers’ Day in Turkey

WASHINGTON, April 3, 2020 – The American Bar Association is pleased to join Turkish lawyers and other legal professionals, as well as other bar associations and international human rights organizations around the world, in celebrating April 5 as Lawyers’ Day in Turkey.

Each year, April 5 is set aside in Turkey to recognize and pay tribute to lawyers and the pivotal role that they and other legal professionals play in safeguarding the rule of law and the rights of people in Turkish society. In light of their unique role, international law accords lawyers and other legal professionals special protections under instruments including the U.N. Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers and the U.N. Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary (which this year mark their 30th and 35th anniversaries, respectively), as well as the U.N. Guidelines on the Role of Prosecutors and the U.N. Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.  

The ABA is inspired by our colleagues in Turkey. We are honored to stand in solidarity with them on Sunday – as they celebrate Lawyers’ Day – and every day.

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