Jan 24 2018

Turkey proposes peace petition signatory for European Court of Human Rights

Turkey has proposed three new candidates for the position of Turkish judge on the European Court of Human Rights, one of them a signatory of a peace petition that led to the investigation of more than 1,000 academics, pro-government newspaper Habertürk said.

Professor Necati Polat, an academic at the International Relations Faculty at Ankara’s Middle East Technical University, was nominated alongside Selma Öztürk Pınar of the Law Faculty of Yıldırım Beyazıt University, also in the capital, and Professor Selami Kuran of the Law Faculty of Istanbul’s Marmara University.

Polat signed a petition by a group named the Academics for Peace in January 2016 calling for a peaceful end to the three-decade-old conflict with Kurdish separatists in Turkey’s southeast.

Many of Polat’s fellow signatories, however, have lost their careers as a result of state of emergency decrees or face possible prison sentences on charges of making “terrorist propaganda” for signing the petition.