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Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Yüksel Kocaman who has been slammed for delaying writing the indictment into former Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş visited President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the presidential palace after his wedding. Kocaman has been staunchly against releasing Demirtaş, who was jailed on Nov. 4, 2016 on charges related to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The ECHR has defended its president's controversial visit to Turkey by saying that it was "standard practice" for court presidents to meet the political and judicial authorities of member states of the Council of Europe. According to the ECHR, Spano had accepted the invitation to “convey a very important message” that those in power cannot control the courts and that judgments by the ECHR must be “respected and enforced."
Journalist and academic Mehmet Altan has penned an open letter to European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) President Robert Spano, who is scheduled to give a lecture at the Justice Academy in Ankara tomorrow. "I taught at Istanbul University for 30 continuous years. I was detained in 2016 on charges of violating three articles of the constitution. Despite the rulings by the Constitutional Court and the ECtHR, I have still not been able to go back to my university — the one you will be receiving your honorary doctorate from," Altan wrote.
Lawyers appeal to top Europe rights court after getting arrested in Turkey on secret witness testimony
Two lawyers who were arrested on "secret witness" testimonies appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Numerous lawyers in Turkey associated with opposition political movements and who have defended political dissidents have been detained or arrested on terrorism charges.
Holding banner calling on youth to join PKK is within freedom of expression: Europe’s top rights court
Holding a banner that calls on the youth to join the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is within the freedom of expression, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. The court also sentenced Ankara to pay compensation to Seyfettin Demir, whose "right to a freedom of expression was violated" when Turkey sentenced him to prison over "committing a crime on behalf of a terrorist organization."
Laywers of Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) former co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş have taken the politician's case to Turkey's top court after the country's refusal to implement a European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling. Mesut Beştaş, one of Demirtaş's lawyers, also filed an application to the Council of Europe Ministers Committee.
Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said that Athens urged European Union (EU) states to have "crippling sanctions" against Ankara ready in case the latter continues drilling in waters claimed by Greece.
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.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has put the case into the killing of 14-year-old Berkin Elvan in process and asked Turkey a number of questions, including those related to the violation of the right to life. The court asked the reason for why the criminal responsibility was laid solely on a police officer and why the demand to prosecute government officials was rejected.
The Council of Europe's Ministers Committee has urged Turkey to adopt legal regulations on the issue of conscientious objection, while also asking for the country to submit an action plan by Sept. 21, 2021. Asking Turkey to stop probing or sentencing objectors, the committee stressed that all the criminal records of the objectors, whose names are included in ECHR rulings, need to be removed until Sept. 1 to prevent further conditions for "civil deaths."
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.
Law association to apply to Europe’s top rights court, UN over burial of bodies under sidewalks in Istanbul
Association of Lawyers for Freedom (ÖHD) said on May 26 that they will apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the United Nations over the burial of bodies belonging to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants under sidewalks in Istanbul after being taken from the Kurdish-dominated southeastern province of Bitlis. "This is a severe rights violation," said one of the lawyers from the association.
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 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.