The Asrın Law Office representing jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan and three other PKK-member inmates on the İmralı Island have filed an application with the ECHR, demanding that restrictions imposed on their clients' communication with family members as well as lawyers be lifted. The move came after the lawyers exhausted all domestic remedies in Turkey, including taking the case to the Constitutional Court.
Attending a demonstration can't be a proof of terrorist organization membership, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled in the case of four applicants from Turkey. The applicants faced the said accusation for attending a demonstration in 2008, with the ECHR saying that their rights to freedom of assembly were violated.
Turkish daily Evrensel was issued a 45-day ban on all advertisements as a result of a May 5 column titled "No escape from ill fate." The opinion piece is also the topic of a criminal investigation launched by the presidency on the charges of "targeting the constitutional order through messaging about a coup d'état."
Germany calls on Turkey to be ‘state of law,’ to free Kavala in line with top Euro rights court’s decision
German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth has called on Turkey to "respect its international obligations" and to implement the European Court of Human Rights' decision urging for philanthropist Osman Kavala's immediate release.
Three top human rights groups have called on the Council of Europe to issue a decision at its June 4-dated meeting directing Turkey to release the human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him.
The ECHR has fined Turkey for detaining a university student who participated at a protest urging the government to recognize the Kurdish language as a "mother tongue" and allow for bilingual public education. The court said that Turkey violated the student's right to liberty and security as well as the freedom of assembly and association.
The German government's Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office has called on Turkey to release Osman Kavala after the ECHR rejected a Turkish appeal of a Dec. 10 ruling that found the influential businessman's imprisonment to be in violation of his rights. “I therefore call on the Turkish Government to meet the obligations it has entered into under the European Convention on Human Rights,” Bärbel Kofler said on May 12.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has rejected Turkey's appeal against a ruling which urged Osman Kavala's immediate release. As the ECHR's May 12-dated ruling pertains to Kavala's imprisonment stemming from the Gezi Park trial and the philanthropist is currently behind bars on new charges of "espionage," he will not be released. CHP MP Sezgin Tanrıkulu said since authorities have refashioned their old investigation into a brand new charge, Kavala needs to be freed immediately.
Osman Kavala has deemed new "political or military espionage" charges against him "more ridiculous" than the previous accusations. "It's clear that this baseless allegation, which is more ridiculous than the previous ones, aims to invalidate the ECHR's violation ruling and the limitation on imprisonment before the preparation of an indictment to two years that was introduced by the judicial reform package," Kavala said.