Violations of the Right of Petition to the European Commission of Human Rights

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In 1954 Turkey signed the 1953 European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Since that time, Turkish citizens who believe that the state has violated their rights guaranteed under the Convention and who have not been able to find domestic legal redress can bring suit against their own government under Article 25. Since 1991, at least 778 Turkish citizens have done so. Unfortunately, some, especially those living in the region of southeastern Turkey under emergency rule because of armed conflict, report that they have suffered intimidation and maltreatment because of the very exercise of this right.

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