Turkey said on Thursday it would suspend the European Convention on Human Rights during a state of emergency it declared to pursue the plotters of last week’s failed coup.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Students of history will immediately recognize Erdogan’s bold power play as being right in line with Adolf Hitler’s burning of the Reichstag Building and the passing of the Enabling Act in 1933. Hitler, as we have previously shown you, was a perfect type of the Antichrist. Erdogan is following right in his footsteps, funny how history repeats itself.
Turkish lawmakers declared a three-month state of emergency Thursday, overwhelmingly approving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s request for sweeping new powers to expand a government crackdown after last week’s attempt military coup.
Parliament voted 346-115 to approve the national state of emergency, which will give Erdogan the authority to extend detention times for suspects and issue decrees that have the force of law without parliamentary approval, among other powers.
“Turkey will suspend the European Convention on Human Rights insofar as it does not conflict with its international obligations,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus was quoted as saying by the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Kurtulmus said Turkey would take the step “just like France has done under Article 15 of the convention,” which allows signatory states to derogate certain rights during times of war or major public emergency.
Article 15 allows contracting states to derogate from certain rights guaranteed by the Convention in time of “war or other public emergency threatening the life of the nation”. Permissible derogations under article 15 must meet three substantive conditions:
- there must be a public emergency threatening the life of the nation;
- any measures taken in response must be “strictly required by the exigencies of the situation”, and
- the measures taken in response to it, must be in compliance with a state’s other obligations under international law
He said that the state of emergency “does not contradict the European Convention on Human Rights.”
Article 15 and other international rights treaties allow governments to restrict certain rights, including freedom of movement, expression and association during states of emergency.
However, the article stipulates that measures must be strictly proportionate and not discriminate against people based on ethnicity, religion or social group.
Kurtulmus also said the state of emergency may only last up to 45 days, despite being initially declared for a three-month span.
“We want to end the state of emergency as soon as possible,” Kurtulmus said in quotes carried by private NTV television.
Turkey imposed the special measure as it presses ahead with a crackdown on suspects accused of staging last Friday’s failed coup, blamed by the government on supporters of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Kurtulmus insisted that no steps would be taken to restrict basic rights and freedoms, telling journalists that “the decision on the state of emergency is aimed at cleansing the state of the gang” of conspirators. source