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ECHR Judge Karakaş: If Turkey’s Constitutional Court wont rule on purge complaints, ECHR will do the job

ECHR judge Karakas: Turkey may block ECHR
ECHR judge Işıl Karakas said that after the July 15 coup attempt, thousands of complaints coming from Turkey to ECHR may clogged the work of the court.” Karakas said “First wait the Turkish Constitutional Court.”
Responding to questions from the German news agency DPA, the ECHR judge Işıl Karakas expressed hope that Turkey’s Constitutional Court will soon decide on complaints about arrests and purges. “If this does not happen, I will clearly say that the ECHR will do its job, even if this means more work for us,” Karakaş said.
However, Karakaş said she is worried that thousands of applicants from Turkey may clog the work in the ECHR and added that “We can only hope that a decision is taken at the national level.”

The ECHR decided on two applications

According to Deutsche Welle Turkish news; The court in Strasbourg turned down two applications from Turkey after 15 July and indicated that the applicants had to first try domestic courts as a justification.
However, Karakas pointed out that this process may be different for the two Constitutional Court judges arrested in Turkey. ECHR judge Karakas noted that the two judges are not able to complain in Turkey.
After July 15, the number of complaints from Turkey to the European Court of Human Rights is said to be about five thousands. However, Karakas noted that the process for these applications is now ‘frozen’.

Alim Kahraman

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