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    European Court of Human Rights condemns Turkey for human rights violations

    Hürriyet Haber
    14.09.2005 - 09:57 | Son Güncelleme:

    The European Court of Human Rights awarded €31.000 to a Turkish family and condemned the Turkish government over the killing of two men by security forces in 1996 during an operation against suspected members of the separatists rebel group, the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Tuesday reported the AFP. The court ruled that Turkey had violated article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights and criticized Turkey over not conducting a thorough inquiry into the deaths of Omer Bayram and Ridvan Altun.

    Damages worth €31,000 was awarded to Hamiyet Kaplan, the partner of Bayram and €1200 to Fatma Kaya, the wife of Altun as well as €20,000 to the legal beneficiaries of each man.

    In a separate case the court awarded €6000 to Tahir Han, who was convicted by the State Security Court under an anti-terrorism law, which the court claimed "disproportionate" and "not necessary in a democratic society".

    The conviction the court said violated the right to freedom of expression after Han, a member of the Popular Democratic Party, was sentenced to one year's jail and fined following a party conference in 1997.

    Turkey was however cleared in a second "freedom of expression case". The court ruled that the conviction "aimed to provide a protection against offensive attacks concerning the questions considered as sacred by Muslims."

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