Turkey to not defend itself at the ECtHR on freedom of expression

Turkey will not defend itself in cases concerning freedom of expression that have been filed against it at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), according to August 31 comments of Foreign Minister Davutoglu. Instead, it will seek to find a mutually acceptable settlement. Furthermore, related ministries are working in coordination to find out what laws lead to cases being filed against Turkey at the European court so that suggestions can be made for their change.

The second most complained about country in the ECtHR after Russia, most of the files against Turkey are related to fair trials and freedom of expression. Unable to change the laws which are the legal basis for the freedom of expression convictions, the government is trying to find a way to dig out from under the pile of pending—and costly—human rights cases.

Source: Today’s Zaman


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