Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ECtHR: Turkish Air Force responsible for bombing civilians in 1994

After reviewing flight logs, which the Turkish government said initially it didn't have,
After reviewing flight logs, which the Turkish government said initially it didn’t have, the court ruled Turkey to pay the 38 applicants a total of €2,3 million.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on Wednesday found that Turkey had violated various articles of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the case Benzer and Others v. Turkeyafter the applicants alleged that Turkish Air Force’s jets bombed two villages in southeast Turkey in March 1994, killing more than 30 of the applicants’ close relatives, injuring some of the applicants themselves and destroying most of their property and livestock


«In the light of this evidence, the court concluded that the Turkish government had conducted an aerial attack killing 33 of the applicants’ relatives and injuring three of the applicants themselves», the court said. It found Turkey guilty of violating Article 2 (right to life), Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the ECHR and a failure to comply with Article 38 (obligation to provide all necessary facilities for the examination of the case). The court also said Turkey should carry out further investigative steps into the incident to identify and punish those who gave the orders for the bombings. The court ruled Turkey to pay the 38 applicants a total of 2,305,000 euros in non-pecuniary damages, and 5,700 euros to cover the trial costs and expenses. The judgment is significant because the case is similar to the Uludere bombing, in which 34 Kurdish children were killed in an airstrike by Turkish military jets in December 2011.
Turkey found guilty from the European Court Human Rights for the air strikes against civilians in the villages Kuşkonar and Koçağılı. Ever wondered why the Turkish Stars established?
Turkey found guilty from the European Court Human Rights for the air strikes against civilians in the villages Kuşkonar and Koçağılı. Ever wondered why the Turkish Stars established?