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Jagland: ECHR may take up with arrested parliamentarian cases soon

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, made some important comments on the situation of Turkey’s detained parliamentarians, after his meeting with Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdağ in Strasbourg. During the press conference with Bozdağ, he said that European Court of the Human Rights will start to handle applications, if the cases of the detained parliamentarians are not taken up with the Constitutional Court in the near future.

“It is imperative for Turkey and Europe that the judiciary safeguards for all those who have been dismissed or are in prison are based on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. The Commission that will be set up in Turkey to go through the cases for those who have been dismissed, organisations, schools and news outlets that have been closed, private property that has been confiscated, must work independently and on the basis of the ECHR,” Jagland said.

If ECHR gets complaints, it will decide on whether there is a domestic remedy for it. The cases for journalists and parliamentarians that are in pre-trial detention will be dealt with in ordinary Turkish courts. But also these people have the right to complain to the European Court.

He also mentioned that if Constitutional Court does not handle these cases soon, the European Court will consider whether this is an effective domestic remedy and will start to deal with the complaints.

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