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Diyarbakır Bar members acquitted over 'Armenian Genocide' statement

"Diyarbakır Bar will not be limiting its own freedom of expression while defending the freedom of expression for everyone to the full extent," head of the bar association has said.

[Diyarbakır Bar Association]

A court has acquitted the chair and executives of the Diyarbakır Bar Association in a case concerning a 2019 statement by the bar about the Armenian Genocide.


However, systematic trials and prosecutions against the activities of the Diyarbakır Bar continue, as a recent report by the bar demonstrates.


The Diyarbakır 11th Heavy Penal Court acquitted Cihan Aydın, and other members of the Executive Committee of the Diyarbakır Bar in the 2018-2020 period, at yesterday's (October 17) hearing.

However, this is not the only case against Diyarbakır Bar on similar grounds.


Other investigations

Members of the bar also appeared before the court regarding the following statements in the past:


* The statement saying "We are remembering over one million civilian-innocent Armenians who lost their lives in the genocide with respect" in the statement dated April 12, 2017, titled "April 24 / Great Disaster: We share the pain of the Armenian People" published on the website of the Bar.

* Article dated December 18, 2017, titled, "It is shameful to punish the expression of Kurdistan, we cannot accept it!" commenting that the sentence given to Osman Baydemir is "shameful".

* Report dated September 14, 2017, called "The incident which resulted from drone attack" where it was reported that those who were killed were civilians.

An investigation was opened against the Diyarbakır bar again in 2021 for its statement on the Armenian Genocide. The statement of 2021, titled "We share the pain of Medz Yeghern" said the following: