This article comprises the speeches of Professor Bill Bowring, Peace in Kurdistan patron and of Thomas Schmidt, Secretary General of the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH), at the Conference.
9 September 2018
PRACTICE OF THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY IN TURKEY
The crisis of the European Court of Human Rights in the face of authoritarian and populist regimes
Professor Bill Bowring
University of London
Barrister of England and Wales
President, European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights
This conference has already heard a great deal about the situation of the State of Emergency in Turkey since in failed coup d’état in 2016. My colleague Kerem Altiparmak will speak about Turkey at greater length.
I am going to speak about the shocking deference of the Council of Europe (CoE) in the face of three states which have perpetrated gross violations of human rights in the context of internal armed conflict: Turkey, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
First, a few words about Kerem, and about my own experience taking cases against Turkey.