Judgment concerning Türkiye

Human Rights building

In the case of Korkut and Amnesty International Türkiye v. Türkiye the Court held that there had been a violation of the right to a fair trial/lack of reasoning and a violation of the freedom of assembly and association.

The case concerned the administrative fine which the chair of the Turkish section of Amnesty International was ordered to pay for failing to comply with a statutory provision requiring associations to declare funds received from abroad to the authorities before making use of them.

The Court held that the domestic courts had not given sufficient reasons for their decisions and that the applicants had been unable to foresee at the relevant time whether those declarations would be regarded as out of time and result in an administrative fine. The requirement of foreseeability of domestic law had thus not been satisfied and, accordingly, the interference with the applicants’ right to freedom of association had not been prescribed by law at the relevant time.

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