Sunday, March 05, 2006

Another victory for Turkey’s conscientious objectors

The Izmir Anti-War Association had applied to the ECHR over laws that were limiting the association’s representation abroad after it was banned in Turkey.

STRASBOURG - The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled against Ankara on the Turkish laws governing associations being represented outside of the country in a case brought by a Turkish group representing conscientious objectors to compulsory military service.

The court ruled that no European countries has laws similar to those in Turkey aimed at controlling the activities of an association and this was in breach of the European Human Rights Convention on associations. The court also stressed that the international activities of the association were of a peaceful nature against the established order.

The court ruled that Ankara paid both Osman Murat Ülke and Ali Serdar Tekin, members of the Izmir Anti-War Association, 1500 Euros compensation and 400 Euros in court costs.

Read the whole story on Ntv

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