ECHR ranks Turkey second on continental list of human rights violations

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that Turkey violated the convention 140 times last year and the country is now second in transgressions against the organization.

The left-winger Birgun daily reported on Sunday that a report by Turkey’s Ministry of Justice showed that the country is high on the notoriety list of violators at second place after Russia, which has a total of 238 rulings on infringement of rights. The ECHR receives applications from 47 countries that are members of the Council of Europe.

Among the 140 cases in Turkey, 41 of them are the contravention of the right to a fair trial, which is followed by 40 incidents of violation of the freedom of expression and 29 of the right to freedom and security.

The report also stated that Turkey ranks fourth among the 47 countries that submit applications to the ECHR with 7,100 case files currently waiting to be examined by the court.

Among the countries with the maximum number of applications to be examined is Russia with 11,750 cases, followed by Romania and Ukraine with 5,800 and 7,250 applications respectively.

It is also emphasized in the report by Birgun that Turkey has the maximum number of human rights violations with 3,128 judgments involving the violation of at least one article of the convention since the ECHR was established in 1959.

The country is followed by Russia with 2,365 incidents of violation and Italy with 1,830.

According to the ministry’s report, the cases of violation of the freedom of expression has increased 471 percent in Turkey since 2016, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s grip on the country tightened after an attempted coup targeting his AK Party (AKP) government on July 15 that year.

The Turkish government has jailed some 80,000 people and sacked more than 150,000 from their state jobs as part of a nationwide crackdown that followed the failed putsch bid.

The detentions and purges were carried out due to the decrees issued by the AKP during the state-of-emergency that was declared five days after the attempted coup and lasted for two years.

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