Judgment concerning Türkiye

Delivery of the Grand Chamber judgment in the case of Yüksel Yalçınkaya v. Türkiye

In the case of Yüksel Yalçınkaya v. Türkiye the Court held that there had been violations of the right to a fair trial, to no punishment without law and to freedom of association.

The case concerned the trial and conviction of the applicant for membership of the FETÖ/PDY. The trial took place in the aftermath of the attempted coup d’état of 15 July 2016.

The problems which had led to findings of violations were systemic in nature. The ECHR held that Türkiye had to take general measures as appropriate to address those systemic problems, notably with regard to the Turkish judiciary’s approach to Bylock evidence. There are currently approximately 8,500 applications on the Court’s docket involving similar complaints under the right to a fair trial and/or to no punishment without law.

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