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Turkey: European Court of Human Rights to examine complaints against curfew measures

Complaints against curfew measures imposed by Turkey’s authorities are now under examination at the European Court of Human Rights.

A statement published today reads: “The European Court of Human Rights (the ECtHR) has decided to communicate various complaints to the Turkish Government in the 34 applications concerning the curfew measures taken in Turkey since August 2015 and has asked them to submit their observations.

“Some other complaints were declared inadmissible.

“The ECtHR’s ruling in the cases will be given at a later date. The complaints which have been communicated are related, among other things, to allegations of: unlawful killings and failure to take steps to protect the right to life; ill-treatment; and, unlawful deprivation of liberty on account of some of the applicants’ confinement to their homes for extended periods.

“They rely on Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) and Article 5 (right to liberty and security) of the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Some of the applicants also complain about the arrest and detention in prison of their legal representative and the Government’s alleged failure to comply with a number of interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, in breach of Article 34 (right to individual application).

“The ECtHR started receiving these 34 applications in December 2015, including more than 40 requests for interim measures from (or on behalf of) over 160 persons in the context of the curfews
imposed by local governors in certain towns and villages of south-eastern Turkey (see also the press releases of 13 January 2016 and 5 February 2016).

“Most of the requests concerned incidents that had taken place in the towns of Cizre and Sur.”

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