Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Comparative Political Sciences and Political Systems of Eastern Europe

New panel series on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Turkey

The Center for Comparative Research on Democracy and the Integrative Research Institute Law & Society (both Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) are launching a new panel series on Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Turkey. The first panel of the series will focus on Turkey’s State of Emergency Inquiry Commission. We cordially invite you to our online panel “Turkey’s State of Emergency Inquiry Commission: A Means to Delay Justice?” to be held on 3 March 2021 at 16:00 (CET).

The State of Emergency Commission was established in January 2017 with the recommendations of the Council of Europe. It was assigned to review the applications from those who were directly affected by the state of emergency measures. These included over 100,000 civil servants dismissed from public office, hundreds of students expelled from universities, and thousands of legal entities closed through the lists attached to the state of emergency legislative decrees. The State of Emergency Inquiry Commission has concluded 112,310 applications out of 126,300 in total so far. 14,320 files are still awaiting a decision from the Commission.

More than four years after its establishment, we will discuss the Commission’s operations and decisions with two legal experts, Ayşe Bingöl Demir (Lawyer and Co-Director of the Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project) and Dr. Kerem Altıparmak (Lawyer and Chair of the Human Rights Center at the Ankara Bar Association).


The event will be moderated by Esra Demir (AvH Georg Forster Fellow, Humboldt-Universität zu Berli and Ertuğ Tombuş (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

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