Council of Europe Archives - ASSEDEL

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ASSEDEL submits its report on the Implementation of the European Social Charter to the Council of Europe

In this report, ASSEDEL responds to the invitation of The European Committee of Social Rights (ECSR) on national reports under the reporting procedure to the ECSR relating to the provisions belonging to the thematic group 2 on health, social security, and social protection.

The report approaches the subject from human rights violations perspective and emphasizes the mass dismissal of public servants in the post-coup period since July 2016. In this regard, the course of the Turkish regime contradicts national and international laws and indicates a social genocide pattern.

To read the full report, please click here.

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ASSEDEL Communicates to Venice Commission of the Council of Europe

The letter emphasizes that Law No. 7262 Preventing Financing of Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction is yet another weapon in the Turkish Government’s dedicated arsenal against advocates of human rights and rule of law. The Law provides the Government with enough pretext to silence dissent and move further away from universal principles of human rights and democratic values.

To read the full letter, please click here.

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ASSEDEL responds to the 2020 Report of Commissioner for Human Rights, CoE

CoE – Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Dunja Mijatovic has visited Turkey between 1 and 5 July 2019. After her visit, the Commissioner’s office has published their Turkey report in February 2020.

Considering the content of the report of the respected Commissioner, ASSEDEL kindly requests the Commissioner to call on the Turkish authorities for, – the investigation and the termination of ill-treatment and torture, – abandoning the current practice of detaining or arresting pregnant women, – refraining the violations to the right to work and property right, – refraining from discriminating based on social origin and annulation of emergency decrees, and – putting an end to the enforced disappearances and abductions.

To read the full report, please click here.

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Response to the follow-up COVID-19 related statement by the council for PC-CP WG of the Council of Europe

The Council for Penological Co-operation Working Group (PC-CP WG) has held their 25th meeting on 8-10 September 2020. Additionally, members of the European Organization of Prison and Correctional Services (EuroPris) and the Confederation of European Probation (CEP) attended the meeting which aims to improve the general conditions of the prisoners within the member states, after the outbreak of COVID-19. Some states have taken measures in line with the proposals of the Council.

However, the statements of many prisoners indicate that Turkey has not taken the precautions and necessary measures for protecting the health of prisoners. The overcrowded prisons in Turkey, in the post-2016 period, need particular attention, especially after the spread of COVID-19. ASSEDEL’s response to The Council for Penological Co-operation Working Group (PC-CP WG) indicates the ongoing unlawful practices in Turkish prisons.

To read the full submission, please click here.

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ASSEDEL Submits a Third-party Intervention to the European Court of Human Rights

Following the corruption scandals that broke out in December 2013, the ruling party entered a definite crossroads and began appointing trustees to media outlets run by the Hizmet Movement. After the coup attempt in July 2016, hundreds of thousands of people associated with the Hizmet Movement were arrested. As one of the victims, professor Mümtazer Türköne has been sentenced to 10 years and 6 months imprisonment, based on his columns in Turkey’s best-selling newspaper Zaman.

ASSEDEL’s third-party intervention questions whether the judiciary can be independent in Turkey in post 2016 period and emphasizes the need to question the decisions of the Turkish judiciary.

To read the full submission, please click here.

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ASSEDEL submits a complaint to the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) on World Women’s Day

Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as The Istanbul Convention, has been signed on the 11th of April 2011. Nearly a decade since its signing, the Istanbul Convention has been violated perhaps most often by the host country, Turkey.

Today on International World Women’s Day, ASSEDEL brings up this fact and submits a complaint against Turkey. The report addresses critical women’s rights violations, highlights the situation of women and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention based on Paragraphs 5, 13, 14, and 15 of Article 68.

Turkey has become the 13th member State of the Council of Europe on 13 April 1950 and hosted the Istanbul Convention in 2011. However, the country has a failing record of preventing fundamental women’s rights.

You can read full submission from here.

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ASSEDEL submits a request for a third party intervention before the ECHR

This Wednesday 27 January, ASSEDEL made a request for leave to intervene as a third party in the case of Mümtazer TÜRKÖNE v. Turkey before the European Court of Human Rights.

As provided in article 36(2) of the European Convention on Human Rights and in Rule 44(3) of the Rules of Court, the President of the Court may permit any person concerned other than the applicant to provide the court with information to assist it in the decision-making process. Nonetheless, the intervener should not comment upon the facts or merits of the case.
In this respect, ASSEDEL proposed to intervene as an independent amicus curiae for the above mentioned case.

Click here to read the submission.

The request of our association has been welcomed by the President of the Section II of the ECHR. The President granted ASSEDEL permission to submit written observations to the Court with the letter attached below.

Click here to read the letter.

Click here to read the submission as Third-Party Intervention

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ASSEDEL Research has submitted the Ill-Treatment and Torture Report to CoE-CPT

International and Turkish jurisprudences strictly forbid ill-treatment and torture. However, the details told by those who were tortured show the severity of the disconnection between theory and reality. The narrations of victims were quite detailed and could long several hundred pages. ASSEDEL Research has submitted the Ill-Treatment and Torture Report to inform the CPT Turkey Group about torture and ill-treatment that has been systematically continuing since 2016 in Turkey.

You can read the full report from here.

To view the list of suspected torturers, please click here.

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Complaint against Karabuk T-type prison administration

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, complaints have been rising from Turkish prisons. Prisoners become sick in overcrowded wards, and the virus is passed on to other prisoners in a short time. The Turkish regime resisted the national and international calls for the release of individuals imprisoned for political reasons, and instead, those imprisoned for ordinary crimes were released. Many people who are currently in prison as political prisoners and accused of being a terrorist organization cannot be given a reason for accusation in international standards.

The prisons have been deprived of the protection and hygiene facilities announced on the website of the Ministry of Justice. Upon the application of prisoners’ relatives regarding this issue, our association has reported the practices in Karabuk T-type prison to bring to the attention of the authorities, in particular before the Council of Europe.

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