Turkey Suspends Human Rights Convention As Europe Raises Concerns Over Torture

Human Rights
Turkey has announced it is suspending their involvement with the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in the wake of the failed coup last week, as recriminations against accused plotters continues to grow. The the state-run Anadolu news agency quoted remarks by Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus who said the move was akin to France’s derogation from the ECHR in November 2015 after the Bataclan attacks. Article 15 of the Convention allows signatories to suspend certain parts of the act in wartime or national emergencies. Yet it clearly states that the court can still rule on whether the break is legitimate, and in no case can the right to life, ban on torture and degrading treatment, ban on slavery, or extrajudicial punishment be suspended. Yet the behaviour of Turkey towards accused plotters as it enacts a state of emergency has raised serious questions over human rights abuse — including the use of torture. Analysis by the Turkish correspondent of Germany’s most respected broadsheet newspaper Die Welt states that considering the usually repressive atmosphere in Turkey under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan: “the state of emergency is going to have to work hard to get noticed at all”. The