The constitutional conflict in Turkey: is there still an effective remedy for human rights violations?

Europe and Central Asia
Issue: Advocacy
Document Type: Op ed
Date: 2018

An opinion piece by Massimo Frigo, Senior Legal Adviser, ICJ Europe Programme.

A legal dispute between first instance ordinary courts and the Constitutional Court in Turkey is leading the country into a major constitutional conflict and severely limiting the chance of people in Turkey to access effective remedies for human rights violations.

On 11 January, two criminal courts in Istanbul refused to apply the rulings of the Constitutional Court ordering a remedy for breaches of the right to liberty and freedom of expression of two journalists, Mehmet Altan and Şahin Alpay, detained on remand while under trial for terrorism offences and alleged links to the attempted coup of 15 July 2016.

The full piece and legal analysis can be read on the Opinio Juris blog.


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