The right to freedom of assembly and association has been severely restricted in Turkey under increasingly authoritarian regime of president Erdogan.
Situation in Turkey
Turkish bar associations are revolting against Government’s unlawful pressure on the judiciary and the legal profession as a whole. Over 50 bar associations representing 95% of all Turkish lawyers are slating the Court of Cassation over its decision to hold… Read More ›
Top bureaucrat of the Minister of Justice who has affiliation with extremist groups was appointed to the Constitutional Court
Turkish Judiciary’s the highest ranking bureaucrat, Selahattin Menteş who is undersecretary of the Justice Minister and former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures has been appointed to the Turkish Constitutionalists Court.
Mr. Mentes is a controversial name because of his affiliation with extremist cleric Nurettin Yildiz and lunatic hate-speech giver Kadir Misirlioglu.
Another controversial aspect of this appointment is that Mr Mentes is the former chair of the Inquiry Commission for State of Emergency Measures. During his term he signed thousands of decisions dismissing appeals of those who were purged under Emergency Decrees. Mr Mentes, as a Constitutional Court judge, will now have authority to consider appeals lodged against his own decisions.
By today’s appointment, the number of the members of the Constitutional Court who have been appointed by Erdogan has increased to seven out 17.
The government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan secretly investigated the family members of lawyers who were perceived to be critical of the regime including their spouses and children. The targeting of family members of critical lawyers and human rights… Read More ›
Diego García-Sayán who is the United Nation Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers penned a column for the El Pais titled ‘Aniversarios: lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo.’ Mr Garcia-Sayan criticized the European Court of Human Rights approach on Turkey’s Inquiry Commission on State of Emergency Measures.