Top Turkish court receives over 28,000 rights violation applications in 2021

Turkey’s Constitutional Court has received over 28,000 personal applications for rights violations in the first half of this year, with cases involving claims of the denial of right to fair trial leading the way, German broadcaster Deutsche Welle Turkish reported on Friday.

A total of 9,332 of the 28,648 personal applications received by the court between January and June 2021 were over fair trial violations, followed by violation of property rights with 2,893 applications and violation of freedom of expression with 633 applications, itsaid.

Over 323,00 personal applications have been received by Constitutional Court the in the past decade with the top court ruling on some 271,000, DW said.

The court has ruled in favour of 14,694 applications’ claims of human rights violations, according to the broadcaster.

Violations of  he right to be exempt from maltreatment and right to the protection of private life and family life were also high on the court’s list of applications.

Individual lcases filed with the court have soared over measures implemented following the July 2016 coup attempt.

Since the 2016 failed putsch, authorities have dismissed or suspended more than 60,000 police and military personnel and approximately 125,000 civil servants, dismissed one-third of the judiciary, arrested or imprisoned more than 90,000 citizens, and closed more than 1,500 nongovernmental organizations on terrorism-related grounds, primarily for alleged ties to a religious group known as the Gülen movement, accused by Ankara of masterminding the coup attempt.

Under broad antiterror legislation passed in 2018, Ankara continued to restrict fundamental freedoms and compromised the rule of law.

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