Turkey’s highest court has received 430,000 petitions alleging rights violations over the past 10 years

Turkey’s Constitutional Court received 428,554 individual petitions between 2012 and June 30 this year, around 70% of which concerned violations of the right to a fair or speedy trial, Turkish Minute reported, citing statistics announced by the court on its website.

The right to file an individual petition with the Constitutional Court was introduced in 2012.

The court broke down the numbers by the number of claims filed per year. In 2012, he received 1,342 individual applications, while he received 80,756 in 2016, a year marked by an attempted military coup. In 2017, the number of individual applications fell to 40,530, before rising to 66,121 in 2021. And between January 1 and June 30 this year, the figure was 67,395.

Of the total number of petitions between 2012 and 2022, some 70% of petitioners said their right to a fair or timely trial had been violated, according to the statistics, which also showed that the court disposed of 320,253 cases. so far, corresponding to 74.7% of total applications.

As of June 30, 108,301 claims filed with the court were still awaiting conclusion.

The court ruled that 64.4% of the settled cases (276,188) were “inadmissible”. He found that “at least one [constitutional] right was violated” in only 6.7%, or 28,838, of the total claims settled.

Of the 29,196 violation decisions, 60.6% (17,681) were related to a violation of the applicant’s right to be tried within a reasonable time; 10.6% (3,095) to an infringement of property rights; 10% (2,908) to a violation of the right to a fair trial; 8.8% (2,561) to a violation of the right to freedom of expression; 2.6% (761) to an infringement of the right to protection of individual and family life; and 1.8% (522) concerned the violation of the right not to be subjected to torture or ill-treatment.

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Sharon P. Juarez