The Declaration of Establishment
Today, millions of people in many countries are deprived of their fundamental rights and persecuted by the judiciary under the control of tyrannical governments.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been put behind bars by the governments for exercising their freedom of religion and conscience and denying the official discourse imposed on them.
It has become the professional and humanitarian responsibility of every conscientious lawyer to oppose these unlawful actions taken by the governments, to identify and record those who are responsible for unlawful actions, to draw the attention of the world public opinion to unlawful actions and victims, and to take action when necessary.
The judges who witnessed the prevailing injustice setting in Turkey and unlawful actions taken by the government and became the victim of the unlawful situation or know the or have direct or indirect knowledge and experience about what happened to victims took an initiative to help victims with their legal knowledge and experience, to fulfill their humanitarian and conscience responsibility, and support their human rights struggles.
This Initiative, which started out with the voluntary efforts of a few lawyers on the foundation of the struggle for human rights, and defines themselves as ‘Lawyers Crossing Borders’, makes it a task for themselves to remove the mental limit of not being able to fight against unlawfulness specifically regarding human rights in cooperation with all individuals and institutions based on the common point of basic human rights and victims established as a principle.
While we are trying to cooperate closely with all non-governmental organizations that have been fighting for human rights for many years, benefiting from the long-standing experience, knowledge and achievements of these non-governmental organizations will definitely be one of our fundamental principles.
With this awareness, the CrossBorderJurists Initiative invites national and international institutions and individuals from all nationalities and thoughts that are working in the field of law and human rights to be a stakeholder in this humble but relentless civil law struggle.