Turkey Convicted of Restricting Defence in Kurdish

The ECHR saw a violation of the right to a fair trial in the case of Sultan Şaman who was not allowed to see a lawyer or a translator when she was in police custody. Şaman was convicted of “membership in the PKK” by a domestic court. Turkey has to pay € 1,800 in compensation.

Source: BIA

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) decided for a violation of the right to a fair trial in the case of Sultan Şaman because she was not allowed to speak Kurdish in the course of her interrogation. A Turkish court sentenced Şaman to imprisonment of six years and three months on charges of membership in the outlawed armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party. Continue reading

15,200 Files against Turkey Pending at ECHR

In 2010, a total of 15,200 applications filed against Turkey were pending before the European Court of Human Rights. Only Russia has more files pending. Turkey is the country with the highest number of convictions regarding violations of rights at the ECHR.

Source: BIA

15,200 files from Turkey were pending at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in 2010. The only country that outnumbers Turkey in this aspect is Russia with 40,300 files pending.

The total number of applications submitted to the ECHR amounts to 139,560. From Turkey, 5,821 applications were filed in 2010 only.

According to the data, the number of applications filed from Turkey and Russia makes up for 40 percent of all applications submitted to the international court. Continue reading

European Parliament voted on Turkey accession report

A real political solution to the Kurdish problem is one of the top demands of the resultant resolution.


MEP GUE/NGL Takis Hadjigeorgiou (Cyprus) said: “We support Turkey’s accession and welcome any progress made in the country first and foremost for the benefit of its people; but we underline the need to meet all the Copenhagen criteria and obligations towards the EU and all its Member States, like any other candidate country. Turkey should implement the Additional Protocol if it wishes to progress in the accession negotiations”. Continue reading