Judgment concerning Türkiye

Interior view ECHR

In the case of Telek and Others v. Türkiye the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to respect for private life in respect of the three applicants and a violation of the right to education in respect of the two applicants.

The case concerned the withdrawal of the three academics’ passports in connection with their dismissal from the civil service following the state of emergency declared after the attempted coup d’état in Türkiye in 2016. 

The Court found that the cancellation of the three applicants’ passports by acts of the executive, in the context of the state of emergency, had been open to arbitrariness and had not satisfied the requirement of lawfulness. As to the right to education, the Court found that the European Convention imposed an obligation on the member States not to hinder without due justification the exercise of that right in the form of higher education courses in relevant institutions abroad.

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