Opinion

Factsheet: Turkish Constitutional Court

Stats are quite alarming both with regard to sheer volume of the cases considered and low percentage of the decisions establish a right violation. It is self-evident that a Court with 15 members cannot duly render 186.701 decisions within seven years, and a Court which dismisses 96% of the applications cannot be regarded as providing an effective remedy.

Since 2014, and increasingly after the attempted coup of 2016, the TCC has aligned with the AKP Government. Although, the TCC rarely delivers decisions upholding rights and freedoms, these decisions are perceived as strategical decisions to prevent the ECtHR from reversing its decision recognizing the TCC as an effective remedy.

Turkey’s Draconian Anti-Terror Laws

According to our survey carried out on the Turkish Justice Ministry’s statistics of their operations in the last five years, there is a steady increase in the use of anti-terrorism law on individuals by public prosecutors. So, while 8,324 people were indicted under Article 314 of the TPC in 2013, 146,718 people were indicted under the same Article in 2017.

State of Emergency: Insecure property rights threaten Turkish economy

According to official statements by the SDIF and minister Mr. Ozhaseki, the total value of assets confiscated by the Turkish Government is 65 billion Turkish liras (12 billion Euros). The figure does not include value of the seized assets of 127 persons, the dissolved entities’ confiscated chattels. It can increase up to 100 billion Turkish liras if those asset values are included.