Turkey's ruling alliance downvotes parliamentary discussion on ECHR rulings

Turkey’s ruling alliance on Wednesday voted against a proposal from the pro-Kurdish opposition party for a parliamentary meeting on European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rulings pertaining to Turkey.

The proposal for a parliamentary discussion on the problems linked to Turkey’s failure to acknowledge the court’s rulings was voted down by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) and its junior coalition partner, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Duvar news site reported.

The petition submitted to the speaker's office by Peoples’ Demorcatic Party (HDP) deputy co-chairs referred specifically to ECHR rulings on jailed former HDP chair Selahattin Demirtaş, the site said.

The court in December ruled that Turkey must immediately release theprominent Kurdish politician, who has been jailed since 2016 on terror charges, and that Demirtaş’s rights had been violated on multiple fronts.

Such ECHR rulings are legally binding, but Turkey has in the past on numerous occasions failed to implement them.

A chamber of the ECHR in 2108 ruled that Demirtaş’s right to a speedy trial had been violated.

The petition also said Turkey’s refusal to implement the court’s rulings was causing a legal crisis in the country.

Turkey has become the most prolific transgressor at the ECHR, Diken news site reported last month.

Between 1959 and 2020, Turkey was found to have committed 3,309 human rights violations, more than any other country, it said, citing ECHR data.