Turkey: It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

January 17, 2018

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The Arrested Lawyers Initiative has launched a campaign via change.org entitled “It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

Only in last 24 hours 1647 people supported the campaign.

It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

Turkey witnessed a coup attempt on 15 July 2016.

 

The 3-month State of the Emergency regime which was declared immediately after the coup attempt (21/07/2016) by the Cabinet “to preserve the democratic order” has since been extended for five times.

Despite calls by the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the Venice Commission and numerous human rights institutions for the Turkish government to end it, the State of Emergency Regime remains in effect.

In defiance of it purpose, The Turkish government has subversively used the State of Emergency Regime against the country’s democratic parliamentary system, the rule of law and human rights.

During the state of emergency, so far;

  • 28 deputies have been taken into custody, duly elected mayors of 90 different towns/cities have been removed from office,
  • 61,247 individuals, including 16 deputies, two members of the Constitutional Court, 193 members of the Court of Cassation, 2360 judges and prosecutors, 571 lawyers and 308 journalists  have been arrested,

It is high time for the European Court of Human Rights to step in!

https://www.turkishminute.com/2018/01/18/un-human-rights-experts-urge-turkey-not-to-extend-state-of-emergency/

https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/turkey-media-activists-political-opposition-targeted

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/opinion/taha-akyol/turkish-judiciary-needs-to-be-independent-and-impartial-126021

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