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Turkey: Court rejects human rights complaint from judge dismissed after coup attempt

Today, the European Court announced its rejection of an application from a judge, who claimed her dismissal following the attempted coup d’État in Turkey breached human rights law.

The court confirmed that domestic law provides for a new domestic remedy for the judge to challenge her dismissal In its decision in the case of Çatal v. Turkey (application no. 2873/17) the European Court of Human Rights has unanimously declared the application inadmissible. The decision is final.

The case concerned the dismissal of a judge by the Supreme Council of Judges, pursuant to a legislative decree adopted during the state of emergency, as one of a number of measures taken after the attempted coup d’État.

The court rejected Kadriye Çatal’s application, finding that she did not exhaust domestic remedies.

The court observed in particular that a new remedy was available to Çatal, provided for in Legislative Decree no. 6851, enabling her to challenge her dismissal before the Supreme Administrative Court (judicial review).

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