Jailed lawyer awarded Human Rights Prize
14 May 2012
IHD Vice-President Muharrem Erbey has been under arrest since December of 2009
Human rights defender jailed lawyer Muharrem Erbey has been awarded the 17th International Ludovic-Trarieux Human Rights Prize which was firstly in 1915 given to lawyer Nelson Mandela before his being the President of South Africa.
The organizers pointed out that Erbey won the prize for his works and activities, his defending human rights, the supremacy of law and the right of defense as well as his struggle against all kinds of discrimination and intolerance.
Lawyer and Human Rights Association Vice-President Muharrem Erbey has been held under arrest since December of 2009 as one of the defendants of the KCK main case against 151 politicians which started on 18 October 2010. The case however has been blocked as defendants have been denied permission to defend themselves in their mother language Kurdish.
The Prize which was inaugurated in Bordeaux in 1984 is given in memory of the French lawyer Ludovic Trarieux (18401904) who in 1898 founded the "French League for the Defence of Human Rights and the Citizen " and said that: " It was not only the single cause of a man which was to be defended, but behind this cause, law, justice, humanity ".
The prize is awarded jointly by the Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Bordeaux, the European Lawyers Union, the Human Rights Institute of the Bar of Paris and other organizations representing human rights lawyers across Europe.
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