Rights defenders’ report says there is no ‘court’ left in Turkey

A platform established by rights defenders of victims of a massive purge that has been ongoing in Turkey since a controversil coup attempt on July 15, 2016 stated in a detailed report that there is no “court” in the country within the context of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR).

The Platform for Peace and Justice (PPJ) released a 53-page report on Friday listing several examples of the non-independence of the judiciary in Turkey. The human rights lawyers and activists defending the rights of the persecuted in Turkey concluded in the report that there is “not a single independent and impartial body” in the Turkish judiciary.

The report directed attention to the fact that there is no effective domestic remedy to be exhausted in Turkey as part of civil rights violations that have been prevalent especially since July 15 of last year.

The PPJ also called on the ECtHR to take the findings in its report into account in its verdicts regarding the tens of thousands of violations of human rights in Turkey. The report states that even the Constitutional Court in Turkey has become ineffective in the post-July 15 failed coup era.

A comprehensive report by Stockholm Center for Freedom (SCF) titled Turkey’s descent into arbitrariness: The end of rule of law has also previously provided detailed information on how the rule of law has lost meaning in Turkish context, confirming the effective collapse of all domestic judicial and administrative remedies available for Turkish citizens who lodge complaints on rights violations.

As part of the purge, over 150,000 people, including thousands of judges and prosecutors, have been dismissed from government positions while over 50,000 have been under pretrial detention on coup charges.

The swift purges have been made possible by decrees issued under the emergency rule (OHAL) that was introduced shortly after the failed coup attempt last year. (turkishminute.com)

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