European Court On Human Rights Condemns Turkey

STRASBOURG (MPA)–The European Court on Human Rights has found Turkey guilty of 15 cases of violating the right to free speech and the human rights of the country’s Kurds.

According to the French news agency AFP–13 out of the 15 cases in which Ankara was condemned concerned the right to the freedom of expression.

The two other cases filed against Turkey concerned torture and people allegedly gone missing.

Thirteen complaints touching on the right to free speech and to the right to be judged by an independent and impartial court were filed by journalists–writers–lawyers and trade union officials who were sentenced by Turkey’s State Security Court.

The court ordered Turkey to financially compensate the victims after finding Ankara guilty on 11 counts of violating free speech and nine counts of violating the right to a fair trial.

The court also condemned Turkey to compensate the relatives of two Kurds who were tortured and killed.

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