Turkey To Suspend European Rights Convention, Says Deputy PM

Coup d'etat in Turkey

Coup d'etat in Turkey. Photo: Youtube.

Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has said Turkey will suspend its duty to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights during the current three-month state of emergency following an abortive coup last week.

Kurtulmus said the step was being taken “just like France has done under Article 15 of the convention,” which allows signatory states to suspend certain rights in a period of war or major public emergency.

France has declared consecutive states of emergency following deadly attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in November and 84 people in the Mediterranean resort of Nice earlier this month.

But Turkey’s announcement is almost certain to alarm critics who fear that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s administration plans to use the failed coup to punish traditional political opponents and further consolidate Erdogan’s already considerable grip on the levers of state power.

Turkish authorities said the state of emergency was needed to take swift and effective action against those responsible for the military coup, which left more than 260 people dead and 1,500 injured.

“Turkey will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights insofar as it does not conflict with its international obligations,” Kurtulmus was quoted as saying by the state-run Anatolia news agency.

Article 15 and other international human rights conventions allow governments to restrict certain rights, including freedom of movement, expression, and association during states of emergency.

Article 15 says such moves must be strictly proportionate and not discriminate against people based on ethnicity, religion, or social group.

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