Turkish commission rejects 92 percent of appeals against emergency rule sackings

An inquiry commission established to examine the appeals of civil servants, dismissed under the emergency rule following 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, rejected 92 percent of the 36,000 files it reviewed, Turkish news outlet Duvar reported on Friday.

The commission dismissed 33,700 of applications, while ruled in favour of 2,300 applicants and opened the way for them to return to public service.

The former public servants, whose applications have been rejected, are allowed to file a legal complaint in sixty days.

The Turkish government has dismissed approximately 150,000 civil servants since the coup attempt in 2016, on the grounds that they are linked to Gülen movement, a religious group Turkish government accuses of orchestrating the coup attempt, or other terrorist organisations.

The emergency rule declared in the aftermath of the coup attempt was lifted in July, following the presidential and parliamentarian elections held on Jun. 24.