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Lawyers support victims of severe earthquakes in Turkey & Syria

On 6 February 2023, Turkey and Syria were devastated by massive earthquakes measuring 7.8 and 7.5 on the Richter scale. The death toll continues to rise and the devastation is enormous. To help rebuild, lawyers are taking initiatives to raise money and provide support.

The initiative by Prof Fatih Ibili

Prof F. Ibili is a judge at the Court of Appeal in The Hague, professor of persons, family & juvenile law at University of Groningen and member of the State Commission for Private International Law. As part of his expertise, he therefore wrote the 'Dutch translation of the Turkish Civil Code and related laws and regulations'.

"My hometown of Gaziantep (population over 1 million) in Turkey was hit hard by the earthquake. The images are heartbreaking."
- Prof. F. Ibili

But he is also from the affected region. And that is why he wants to donate the total proceeds of a signed copy of the above-mentioned book - the choice is yours - to Giro 555 or AFAD Turkey. This action is in consultation with Selma Hoedt, publisher at Boom Juridisch.

The book costs €50 (excluding €4 postage) and will be sent to you by post.

The initiative by Mr Nur Demirtas

Mr Nur Demirtas (Bar of Ghent) wrote an open letter on her LinkedIn and also spread her appeal through the Bar.

As a Turkish citizen of Ghent and a lawyer, she thinks of the victims, and in particular of the more than 94 lawyers who died in this disaster.

As a mother, she thinks not only of the hundreds of babies and children who went to sleep under debris, concrete blocks and the freezing cold; but also of those who now have to continue as orphans without resources.

All this while the rest of the world watches and at the same time sympathises. Because suffering knows no race, gender, religion, colour, language or ethnicity. Suffering is universal and shareable. Grief is immense, yet can be relieved by compassion, reviving and giving a future. And compassion is supporting each other.
- Mr Nur Demirtas

Do you also have an initiative from the legal profession to support this disaster?