Restrictions to freedom of speech in Turkey: The case of journalist Abdurrahman Dilipak

Restrictions to freedom of speech in Turkey: The case of journalist Abdurrahman Dilipak

Abdurrahman Dilipak has spent four decades as a journalist and human rights activist in Turkey. His writing would come to an abrupt halt in August 2003 after publishing an article criticising high ranking members of the Turkish military. Charged with “damaging hierarchical relations within the army,” and “denigrating the armed forces,” he spent six and half years defending his rights before the criminal courts.

In September 2015, the European Court of Human Rights ruled in his favour, finding that the criminal proceedings constituted an attempt “to suppress ideas or opinions considered as disruptive or shocking.”

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Violations of right to peaceful assembly in Turkey: The Oya Ataman case

Violations of right to peaceful assembly in Turkey: The Oya Ataman case

On 22 April 2000, Oya Ataman took to Sultanahmet Square,Istanbul, in protest against prison conditions in Turkey.  Despite posing no threat to public order, Turkish authorities subjected Oya and several of her colleagues to arbitrary arrest and repelled them with pepper spray, a nerve agent capable of causing respiratory problems, nausea, vomiting and spasms.

In December 2006, The European Court found a violation of article 11 of the European Convention of Human Rights, protecting the right to peaceful assembly.

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