ECHR finds Turkey guilty of violating rights of Kurdish politician

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday ruled that Turkey violated the freedom of expression of a high-ranking member of pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Party (DTP), which was banned in 2009 by Turkey’s constitutional court, Mezopotamya news agency reported.

DTP’s Hatice Çoban was imprisoned in 2007 over charges of making terror propaganda during a speech she delivered in the same year. She applied ECHR, saying that the Turkish police distorted her statements in their report.

ECHR judges said Turkey violated Çoban’s freedom of expression by not earnestly taking her speech into account, Mezopotamya said.

In 2019, Turkey was placed second among 140 countries in violating the European Convention on Human Rights and is one of the forerunners in applications the ECHR receives, ranking at number four.