At the occasion of Human Rights Week, the Human Rights Centre at Ghent University organize an experts’ panel discussion on:


‘Turkey before the European Court of Human Rights’.


Thursday December 6th,


Ghent University at 19.00


For this event, the Human Rights Centre collaborates with

The Platform for Peace and Justice.


The idea is to discuss to what extent the European Court of Human Rights mechanism is equipped to deal with the types of human rights violations that are encountered in Turkey today referring to the repressive measures in the aftermath of the failed coup.





The panel will be moderated by Prof Eva Brems and


the speakers are:


Riza Türmen, former ECtHR Judge for Turkey

Erol Onderoglu, Reporters Sans Frontières Turkey

Jenny Vanderlinden, Amnesty International

Eline Kindt, Liga voor Mensenrechten/Ghent University

Walter Van Steenbrugge, Attorney



When & Where:


The panel debate would take place in the evening on December 6th at 7 o’clock

Venue is Ghent University, Room ‘Filmzaal Plateau’, situated at Paddenhoek 3 9000 Ghent,+9000+Gent/@51.0516926,3.7229248,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x47c37145dd205b71:0xe50b1ac3ebe7de35!8m2!3d51.0516892!4d3.7251135


European Court of Human Rights: Core Values, Fundamental Norms, and Its Stance Towards the Cases from Turkey.

Turkey declared a state of emergency in July 2016 and gave notice of a derogation under article 15 of the European convention on human rights. Such a move releases a government of its obligations to uphold some, but not all, human rights, when a state is faced with a public emergency that threatens “the life of the nation”.

Following this, a huge purge started by the Government; thousands of public officers dismissed or arrested, thousands of educational institutions and 189 media outlets shut down, 7700 academics and 4400 judges, prosecutors dismissed, 319 journalists arrested, total confiscated businesses and private assets worth 10s of billion Euros. Basic rights of the rule of law, democratic norms and human rights ignored during above practices and fair trial procedures were not followed in the course of long “state of emergency” (SOE).

This situation left thousands of citizens seeking their rights on the grounds of the European Court of Human Rights, the ultimate and the highest rights court where victims can seek their rights as no hope left for the internal jurisdictional remedies.

In its annual report, the court noted a “very large number of applications” from Turkey in late 2016, contributing to the biggest increase in applications in the last five years.

ECHR found at least 27700 subsequent Turkish cases inadmissible for the reason of domestic remedies haven’t been exhausted.

The experts’ panel discussion at Ghent University will shed light into the judicial situation in Turkey, ECHR duties, its core values, stance against the cases from Turkey, the challenges that the court may have faced and the policy against this situation.


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