lunedì 8 maggio 2006

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday ruled against Turkey

Scendi di due post per vedere il filmato degli scontri tra dimostranti kurdi e polizia ed esercito turco.
Go 2 post below to see the clip of the clashes between kurdish protesters and turkish army
The New Anatolian -
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) yesterday ruled against Turkey in a case filed against the state by former deputies of the now defunct pro-Kurdish Democracy Party (DEP). The court ruled that Turkey must pay 26,500 euros to four former DEP deputies, Mahmut Alinak, Sedat Yurttas, Sirri Sakik and Ahmet Turk. In March 1994, the Turkish Parliament lifted the parliamentary immunity of some of the DEP's members of Parliament. The applicants were among those affected. Three months later the Constitutional Court ordered the dissolution of the DEP on the grounds that it undermined the territorial integrity of the state and national unity. In December of that same year, the now-defunct Ankara State Security Court (DGM) sentenced Sakik and Alinak to three years each in prison, Turk to 15 years and Yurttas to seven-and-a-half years on the grounds that they had engaged in intensive separatist activity. More specifically, they had all given speeches under the banner of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). In April 1996, the same court, following the remittal of the case by the Court of Cassation, reduced the applicants' sentences to 14 months. The four applicants filed their cases with the ECHR on the grounds that their convictions interfered with their right to the freedom of _expression, and constituted a violation of Article 10 (freedom of _expression) of the European Convention on Human Rights. Moreover, they also complained under Article 6 (right to a fair trial) that the proceedings resulting in their conviction had been unfair. The court noted that, in the speeches, the applicants had mainly been calling for recognition of their Kurdish identity and had condemned the "policy of violence" implemented by Turkey in areas of the country where the majority of citizens were of Kurdish origin. The court reiterated that while freedom of _expression is important for everybody, it is especially true for an elected representative of the people who drew attention to their concerns and defended their interests. The court ruled that the reasons given by the Turkish courts could not, in themselves, be regarded as sufficient to justify interference with the applicants' right to freedom of expression.05.05.2006