Failed Coup Attempt: Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights

14:39 Jul. 21, 2016

Turkey to temporarily suspend European Convention on Human Rights

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave their national flags during a pro-government rally at Kizilay main square, in Ankara, Turkey, July 20, 2016 (AP photo)

Ankara declared three-month state of emergency after coup attempt

Turkey will temporarily suspend the implementation of its obligations emanating from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in line with the declaration of a state of emergency in the country, Turkish Hurriyet Daily News reported citing a senior government official.

Read also Turkey's Erdogan declares state of emergency after coup bid

Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced about the decision, assuring that fundamental rights and freedoms will not be affected during this period.

"I want to guarantee that fundamental rights and freedoms and normal daily life will not be affected by this. Our citizens should feel comfortable about that," he was quoted as saying.

The top government official added that Turkey will follow France's example in suspending temporarily the European Convention on Human Rights following its declaration of a state of emergency.

"France proclaimed a state of emergency, too. And they have suspended the ECHR upon article 15 of the convention," Kurtulmus said.

Article 15 of the ECHR stipulates: "In time of war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation any High Contracting Party may take measures derogating from its obligations under this Convention to the extent strictly required by the exigencies of the situation, provided that such measures are not inconsistent with its other obligations under international law."

The state of emergency will give the government a good opportunity to fight against coup plotters and clean the state apparatus fully of the members of the Gülenist organization, the Deputy Prime Minister claimed.

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