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The Union of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB) has decided to appeal to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland concerning the excessive use of police force against demonstrators during Gezi Park protests. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Gürel

The Union of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB) has decided to appeal to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland concerning the excessive use of police force against demonstrators during Gezi Park protests. DAILY NEWS photo / Emrah Gürel

The Union of Turkey’s Bar Associations (TBB) has decided to appeal to Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland concerning the excessive use of police force against demonstrators during Gezi Park protests.

The appeal by the TBB will be based on the Article 52 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the union announced late on June 16 following an extraordinary meeting of the TBB’s administration board which was held upon a call by President Metin Feyzioğlu.

Titled as “Inquiries by the Secretary General,” the Article 52 says: “On receipt of a request from the Secretary General of the Council of Europe any High Contracting Party shall furnish an explanation of the manner in which its internal law ensures the effective implementation of any of the provisions of the Convention.”

Last week, the Health Ministry opened an investigation into the Istanbul Chambers of Medicine for organizing a temporary health center at Gezi Park where voluntary doctors provided first aid to protesters injured in the almost 20-day-long unrest.

TBB also decided to file judicial and administrative appeals concerning those officials who initiated the investigation against the volunteer paramedics.

The ministry’s probe was followed by detention of doctors in their white coats where they were treating the injured protesters, late June 15, after the riot police launched a grave crackdown against the Gezi Park protesters and cleared the tents from the park.

Jagland, meanwhile, called for dialogue to end the violence in a written statement today. “I call on all parties to continue the dialogue. Any further escalation of violence must be prevented,” he said.

“I believe it is important to recall the legally binding standards set by the European Convention on Human Rights regarding the freedom of assembly – and its limits,” the secretary-general said.

“It is true that this right is not absolute, but any restriction has to be prescribed by law and necessary in a democratic society. The case-law of the European Court of Human Rights is very clear on this.”

Authorities have to take appropriate measures with regard to demonstrations in order to ensure their peaceful conduct and the safety of all citizens, he also said.

“In case security forces have to intervene with force, this intervention has to be strictly proportionate and necessary. For example, in a number of judgments, the Court held that the use of tear gas in confined places, including hospitals, is neither necessary nor proportionate,” he said.

June/16/2013

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mara mcglothin

6/17/2013 9:41:39 PM

Good one! RIMON from one of Turkey's cowardly friends from the good ol' US of A.

Rimon Tree

6/17/2013 5:03:14 PM

@ mystique LOL! Let's see who is dreaming in the end!

Tijen Morgan

6/17/2013 5:00:49 PM

In the past, the Turkish Army has always been there for the Turkish people. And again will be there, NOT to a protect a Coward DICTATORSHIP government, but to protect it's own people. I have full trust in the arm and although their powers have been reduced by the government to give them selves more power, they will come out in the end to protect it's own Turkish citizens!.

mistique holland

6/17/2013 2:39:44 PM

@Rimon Tree, dream on. The cowards of the USA and Israël don't even recognize ICC because they would be pursecuted today..and they know it and The Hague will never persue Erdogan, why for making Turkey bigger, debtless, 3rd economy of the world?You are so full of hate , you really need help.@Miss.Ataturk, you use HIS name invain and talk as if you are in violent Syria, for heaven's sake, grow up.The EU does NOT recognize Turkey as a member, therefore they have NO say at all..

Recep Ozel

6/17/2013 1:12:53 PM

@ Misses Ataturk - I completely agree, it feels hopeless.. Unfortunately although CNN International, the BBC, and Al Jazera show more of the protests than our CNNTurk, HaberTurk, and NTV, actually the politicians in the US, UK, and EU have stayed very silent... Erdoğan does what the US, UK, and EU wants in the Middle East... With the situation in Syria so delicate, it seems Erdoğan needs to remain in power for the US, UK, and EU...

young genius

6/17/2013 10:24:02 AM

Misses Ataturk is right. Right now, there's nowhere to turn to. It's kind of a hopeless feeling.

Gayle Ataceri

6/17/2013 10:23:46 AM

HOORAY for these brave souls! May God protect them and grant them success.

mara mcglothin

6/17/2013 1:55:59 AM

The Bar Association might also want to look into the misappropriation of government funds to transport all the rally attendees???

Dave Chapman

6/17/2013 1:01:23 AM

On further thought...if the bar association have this much muscle, where were they when all the journalists were being locked up simply for voicing an opinion? Looking at it another way, is this the beginning of a serious counter movement of bodies that previously, shamefully, kept their heads down....the beginning of the end? Or am I the eternal optimist?

Dave Chapman

6/17/2013 12:29:37 AM

Good Lord...the voice of reason and challenging the 'Imperial' ones. I was sold on the idea that everyone that could do something was already in jail. Does this mean that they could actually get 'brought to book' or will it just result in more bluster. There will certainly be a fantastic reaction from Erdolf which I am looking forward to reading! And bravo for trying to protect the ('thieving') Docs that were doing exactly what they should have been doing. Helping people.
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