Sunday, July 26, 2015

'Advanced Islamist State' Turkey faces more convictions at ECtHR as human rights violations grow.


'Advanced Islamist State' Turkey faces more convictions at ECtHR as human rights violations grow. (TZ).

Turkey, which remains one of the “high case-count states” with the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), continues to violate more and more fundamental rights as set out by the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) almost every single day.

According to data disclosed by the ECtHR in January, Turkey remains one of the “high case-count states” within the court, coming in fourth after Ukraine, Italy and Russia with nearly 9,500 applications pending before the court, amounting to 13.6 percent of the court's total applications that number 69,900. The court said Turkey is responsible for 24 out of the 47 violations as determined by the ECtHR; only Hungary with seven infringements came anywhere near Turkey in this category.

Turkey also ranks poorly in terms of the right to liberty and security, with 45 infringements determined by the ECtHR, coming in second only to the Russian Federation, which has 56 violations to its name. Turkey is also the leader in violations of the right to a fair trial -- as articulated in Article 6 of the ECHR -- with 31 violations.

The data on countries dating from 1959 to 2014 further casts a shadow on Turkey's reputation for respecting human rights and freedom of expression, showing 248 violations of freedom of expression, 671 violations of the right to liberty and security and 801 violations of the right to a fair trial.

Observers say Turkey faces more convictions by the European court since violations of rights granted by the ECHR -- such as the right to a fair trial, the right to freedom of expression, the right to liberty and security, the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to freedom of assembly and association and the right to an effective remedy -- have peaked in the past few years.

One of the most frequently violated rights in Turkey is undoubtedly freedom of expression, which is defined in Article 10 of the ECHR. According to data released by the ECtHR, Turkey single-handedly surpassed the 46 other states in the Council of Europe (CoE) in terms of cases involving violations of the right to freedom of expression in 2014, which highlights the country's poor record in terms of freedom of expression. Hmmmm......Who in his right mind would want to vacation in such a country? Read the full story here.

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