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CoE: European Judges Associations denounce atrocious Mass Oppression of Judges in Turkey

Written by ACM
Monday, 10 October 2016
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*Strasbourg/CoE/Angelo Marcopolo/- The most Important European Associations of Judges, gathered Together on the sidelines of CoE Parliamentary Assembly's (PACE) Autumn 2016 Plenary Session in Strasbourg, at the initiative of its Experienced former President, f. Minister and Head of the Liberal Group of MEPs, Anne Brasseur, from Luxembourg, slamed what they described as an unprecedented and atrocious Massive Oppression of Tens of Thousands of Judges, still Persisting in Turkey, on pretext of an alleged Coup Attempt of Less than 6 Hours, last July 2016, before a "Hot" Urgent public Debate on the general Situation in that Country, decided by PACE here for Thursday, (Comp. also : ...).

 

 

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 - Edith Zeller, President of the Association of European Administrative Judges, (i.e. those who are entrusted with the Task to rule on the most Sensitive Cases for Human Rights, Freedoms and Democracy, concerning Citizens' relations to Public Authorities), speaking later-on to "Eurofora", expressed Strong Doubts about Ankara's shaky Claim that "more than 2.500 or 3.000 Dismissed Judges would have been related to that Strange, short-lived "Coup" Attempt.


>>> Moreover, in her Official Speech at the above-mentioned PACE Side-Event (Comp. Supra), she Strongly Denounced, inter alia, also several "Rapes" of arrested "Women and Men", added to some "75 Suicide Attempts" among those Detainees, as well as the Fact that Ankara Government's "Prosecutors just have one and Same List of Questions for Everyone", WithOut making a real "Individual Examination" of Each Person's Case, in Violation of ECHR's Article 6 on the Human Right to a "Fair Trial".


- F.ex., when an accused, prosecuted and Detained Judge simply asks : - "Why Me ?", most of the Times he doesn't get any real Answer, except from a routinely Repeated, general and vague Formula, abused by Turkish pro-AKP Government Prosecutors for all of those detainees, she characteristicaly Explained, later-on, to "Eurofora".


Meanwhile, except from a Human Rights Watch query, made by that World-Famous NGO itself, it's Only CoE's "Committee to Prevent Torture" (CPT) which Visited some involved Turkish Prisons, recently, but its fortthcoming Report won't be made Public, as long as the Ankara Government opposes its Publication, according to the CPT Statute's Rules. As for a planned Fact-finding "Visit by UNO's Rapporteur on Torture", from Nearby Geneva, it "was Postponed by Turkey to November", more than a Month Later, she Regretted. -"All these things (among a Longer list) make us Believe that there is Something to be Investigated", Zeller concluded.


+ Another Legal Expert from the Dutch-speaking "Judges for Judges" NGO, Denounced, in Addition, the Fact that Turkish Prosecutors even "Take the Salaries" of the Victims, who, therefore, "canNot Afford" to pay Lawyers for a real Defense, and cited a series of cases resulting in "Absurd" situations, where, f.ex., "from the 7 Defense Lawyers, 4 Laid Down their Defense" mandates recently.


In Addition, those Detainees are Allowed "Only 25 Minutes per Week" (sic !) for Communication with their Lawyers, etc., while any "Visits Last only 5 Minutes per Month", he denounced.


Most Important : Various such Massive Persecutions of alleged dissident Judges had Already Started as Early as "since 2015", so that they obviously canNot be really Attibuted to that Strange, 6 Hours-long, alleged "Coup" Attempt, the Dutch Expert representing the "Rechters voor Rechters", specialized Human Rights NGO, criticaly concluded.


++ => In Consequence, after having Attested such and other, Massive Gross Violations of many Thousands of Dismissed Judges' basic Human Rights, several competent European Organisations have recently decided to "Examine a Suspension request against the current Turkish "Higher Council of Judges", while Others "already have Stoped any Relations"  with them, Revealed the President of the European Association of Judges, (which Includes All Judges, i.e. also those who deal with Cases Between Citizens, etc), Christophe Regnard.


- Reacting, the Ambassador of Turkey, accused all those Experts at the CoE to make "UnSubstantiated" Denonciations, Claiming that they were "Not Documented".


- Replying, President Anne Brasseur, while acknowledging a possible need for the Turkish Authorities to Check if some Judges might have, eventualy, miss-behaved for Political reasons in some cases, (as they routinely Claim), but Strongly Rejected as Unacceptable, the abuse, by that Turkish Ambassador, of the Wording "Clean up" (sic !), in order to designate the current Massive Prosecutions of Dissident Judges, and stressed that PACE, as a matter of General Principle, does Not Admit for "Human Rights to be Trampled underfoot".


+++ During a subsequent, "Free" Debate at CoE's Assembly, later this Afternoon, it's also the President of PACE's "EuroLeft" Group, Dutch Senator Tiny Cox, who slamed Ankara's "Coup" Pretext as "a False Excuse" to massively violate elementary Human Rights, both in these and many other cases, Warning that if there might, eventualy, have existed a Danger for Human Rights "from that (alleged) Coup Attempt" of mid-July 2016, in fact, anOther such "Danger" is "also the Turkish Government itself"...


Meanwhlle, a Hearing of CoE's Human Rights' Commissioner, Nils Muijnieks, by the PanEuropean Organisation's Parliamentary Assembly''s Committee on Legal affairs and Human Rights, which was Focused on his Recently Published, critical Report about the current situation of the Freedom of Media in Turkey, (See, f.ex. : .....), was Held Behind Closed Doors ("in Camera"), later-on, this Afternoon.



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