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More appeals to EU Court of Human Rights likely against Turkey

12 November 2016

Ankara has been warned of the risk of increasing the number of appeals to the European Court of Human Rights because of the harsh state of emergency measures which raising concerns about disproportionate measures taken by decree laws.

Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland was in Ankara on 10th November for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, EU Minister Omer Celik, members of the Constitutional Court, and opposition party representatives, as the European body expresses concern on the state of emergency measures after Turkey’s July 15 coup attempt.

Jagland warned Turkish officials of the risk of a flood of cases at the ECHR as a result of the implementation of the state of emergency, sources familiar with the talks told Turkish daily ‘Hurriyet’.

He specifically raised concerns regarding recent detentions, including the raid against critical daily ‘Cumhuriyet’ and the closure of pro-Kurdish media outlets.

The ongoing debate on reinstating the death penalty in Turkey was also on the agenda, with Jagland repeating that capital punishment is incompatible with membership of the Council of Europe and the European Convention on Human Rights, which Turkey has ratified.

The Convention, signed in 1983, excludes capital punishment except in time of war or imminent threat of war, while a 2002 protocol ended the time-of-war proviso.

After announcing it a week after the coup attempt, Ankara communicated the state of emergency to the Council of Europe, along with a notice of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Hurriyet

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