Turkey atop of list on rights violations in EU
ISTANBUL - Anatolia News Agency
AA photoTurkey led all of Europe in terms of the number of cases at the European Court of Human Rights that were related to violations of rights between 1959 and 2010, according to recent numbers released by the court.
The most violated right in Turkey is the right to be judged fairly, according to the statistics.
In the 1990s, 90 percent of the cases against Turkey were opened because of the country’s alleged violations of the right to life and the prohibition against torture; now, however, the country is most often charged due to long periods of imprisonment without conviction and violations of the right to a fair trial.
Turkey has been ordered to pay compensation in 2,245 out of 2,753 cases related to the infringement.
The European court currently has 153,850 pending cases on its books; Russia tops the list, while Turkey is second at 16,800.
The court had 15,200 cases pending against Ankara in 2010, but the number has increased this year.
Meanwhile, the European court recently ordered Turkey to pay compensation of 18,000 euros to the family of Ekrem Kurt, who committed suicide during his military service in 2007, according to reports.
Although Kurt was diagnosed with a neurotic disorder, he was still drafted into the military, according to reports. On March 6, 2007, Kurt was found at his guard post with a bullet wound to the head.