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The Alleged 15 July military mobilization in Turkiye: Human Rights Violations and EHRC Court Decision

On 15 July 2016, Turkiye experienced a dramatic and controversial event known as the “15 July military mobilization.” This event marked a significant turning point in the country’s history, leading to widespread repercussions that continue to impact Turkish society and its international relations. The aftermath of this military mobilization has been marred by allegations of human rights violations, particularly concerning the use of evidence obtained through systematic torture in trials related to the military mobilization.

In the wake of the 15 July military mobilization, the Turkish government initiated a series of trials targeting individuals suspected of involvement in the attempted overthrow of the state. Shockingly, reports emerged indicating that evidence obtained through the use of systematic torture, coercion, and ill-treatment was presented in these trials. Such practices not only violate international human rights standards but also undermine the fundamental principles of justice and fairness.

Furthermore, the European Court of Human Rights (EHRC) has delivered several significant decisions against Turkiye regarding cases related to the military mobilization. The EHRC, a crucial judicial body in safeguarding human rights across Europe, has consistently ruled that Turkiye violated the rights of individuals in connection with the military mobilization. These violations range from arbitrary detentions and unfair trials to infringements on freedom of expression and assembly.

Despite these court decisions, Turkiye has failed to abide by the EHRC rulings, contravening its international obligations. This refusal to comply with the EHRC decisions stands in stark contrast to Turkiye’s own constitution, which enshrines the country’s commitment to upholding human rights and the rule of law. By disregarding the EHRC rulings, Turkiye undermines the principles of accountability, transparency, and respect for human rights that are essential components of a democratic society.

The aftermath of the alleged 15 July military mobilization in Turkiye serves as a sobering reminder of the enduring challenges in upholding human rights and ensuring justice in times of political upheaval. It underscores the critical importance of safeguarding the rights of all individuals, irrespective of their alleged affiliations or political beliefs, and of holding governments accountable for their actions in the aftermath of such events. The need for adherence to international human rights standards and the rule of law remains paramount in fostering a just and equitable society for all.

As Rights Defenders, we consider human rights violations in Turkiye to be extremely worrying. The government’s crackdown on dissidents, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, civil society, and assembly leads to the imprisonment and persecution of those who dare to speak out against the regime. The international community should continue to monitor the situation and impose sanctions on those responsible for violations. 

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