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Turkey: Human rights 2014 timeline

A review of how events in Ankara and in Strasbourg have helped to shape this year’s human rights news.

JANUARY

January 2014: The European Committee of Social Rights publishes its 2013 conclusions regarding the Revised Social Charter provisions accepted by Turkey.

14.01.2014: “Serious concerns have been raised” as to the legislation on judiciary, declares the President of the Venice Commission

17.01.2014: The inaugural Council of Europe Raoul Wallenberg Prize is awarded to Elmas Arus, a young Roma film director from Turkey.

FEBRUARY

04.02.2014: Judges award €55,000 to mum after military bomb kills son.

06.02.2014: The Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks declares that Turkey’s tough internet restrictions “further limit free expression.”

10.02.2014: A spokesman confirms that restrictions on internet use are under examination by Council of Europe experts

19.02.2014: The sixth report on the implementation of the Social Charter in Turkey is published.

MARCH

05.03.2014: The Commissioner for Human Rights singles out Turkey as the only country to “open its arms fully to Syrians in need.”

13.03.2014: Anti-torture unit reports on conditions in Turkey’s Imralı Prison

18.03.2014: Judges deliver their judgement on the human rights complaints of Abdullah Öcalan.

21.03.2014: A spokesman confirms that the Council of Europe is looking into the decision to block access to the Twitter social media network, as it may breach European human rights law.

27.03.2014: The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities urges Turkey to release Leyla Güven and other locally-elected representatives

28.03.2014: Parliamentary Assembly President Ane Brasseur declares that blocking of access to YouTube is contrary to the case-law of the Court of Human Rights.

APRIL

30.04.2014: Venice Commission President Gianni Buqicchio, expresses his concern at attacks against Turkey’s Constitutional Court.

MAY

12.05.2014: Deputy Secretary General Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni participates at the conference on “The role of National Parliaments in Media Governance in Europe”

12.05.2014: Human rights judges rule that Turkey should pay Cyprus 90,000,000 euros (EUR) as a result of human rights violations.

14.05.2014: Turkey is in focus as Johann Bihr, a Reporters Without Borders (RWB) expert, analyses the state of media freedom in the Council of Europe area.

27.05.2014: Human rights judges say Turkey was wrong to sanction a law professor, editor and publisher for their criticism of a decision to dissolve a political party.

JUNE

03.06.2014: Court finds human rights breaches in treatment of Jehovah’s Witness conscientious objectors

17.06.2014: Protestors who claim a series of legal actions by Turkish authorities undermined press freedom in the country, win the backing of human rights judges.

JULY

03.07.2014: Congress rapporteurs welcome release of Leyla Güven and 30 other elected representatives.

08.07.2014: Judges award €30,000 to two Turkish journalists after human rights violations

22.07.2014: Court says Turkey must regulate use of tear-gas

22.07.2014: Court backs Chinese Muslims’ protest against deportation

AUGUST

01.08.2014: Women’s safety ‘Istanbul Treaty’ enters into force

11.08.2014: International observers report on Turkey’s presidential election

SEPTEMBER

02.09.2014: The Internet Governance Forum starts in Istanbul.

10.09.2014: European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) evaluation

16.09.2014: The European court says Turkey must reform religious education in schools

23.09.2014: Judges rule on Cevat Soysal human rights complaint

29.09.2014: Ratification of the Convention on Cybercrime

OCTOBER

22.10.2014: Court awards €13,500 after wrongful detention human rights complaint

NOVEMBER

05.11.2014: Turkish initiative ‘Generation Democracy’ wins the Council of Europe’s Democracy Innovation award.

DECEMBER

December 2014: The European Court of Human Rights updates Turkey’s country profile

02.12.2014: Court awards €10,000 to woman after gender discrimination human rights complaint

16.12.2014: Nils Muižnieks voices his concern at Turkey’s “chilling message to journalists and dissenting voices”

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