The Turkish Constitutional Court caught red-handed
Orhan Kemal Cengiz April 24, 2019
The European Court of Human Rights has just struck a massive blow to Turkey's Constitutional Court, which is the target of criticisms that it does little to protect human rights. VEDAT ARIK/AFP/Getty Images Can Dundar (R), editor-in-chief of the opposition Cumhuriyet daily, and Erdem Gul (L), the Ankara bureau chief, speak to the media after being freed from Silivri prison, Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 26, 2016. The Turkish Constitutional Court — once seen as a bulwark of freedoms and human rights — is now criticized for its inability to deliver justice to Turkish citizens. The top court has issued crucial freedom-serving decisions in the past, such as the decision to lift the ban on Twitter and Facebook, and another that challenged the government's anti-democratic actions. Since 2016, however, the top court has been at the receiving end of criticisms over its hesitation to deliberate certain cases that might provoke the ire of the government.
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