Turkey violated CHP leader’s rights by fining him for criticizing Erdoğan, top Europe rights court rules

Duvar English

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has found main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu right in his case against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Kılıçdaroğlu in 2018 applied to the ECHR on the grounds that his freedom of expression was violated when he was fined for criticizing then-Prime Minister Erdoğan in 2012.

The CHP leader criticized Erdoğan, who is also the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on two separate parliamentary group meetings on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7, 2012.

While Turkish courts ruled that Kılıçdaroğlu “attacked Erdoğan’s personal rights” in two separate speeches, the ECHR on Oct. 27 ruled that the country violated the main opposition leader’s freedom of expression.

Turkey was also fined to pay Kılıçdaroğlu 13,000 euros in compensation, including court expenses.

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About CHP EU Representation

The CHP was founded on 9 September 1923, about one and half month before the proclamation of the Republic of Turkey. The first President of modern Turkey’s oldest party was M. Kemal Atatürk. Today CHP is a social-democratic party, member of the Socialist International and associate member of the Socialist Group at the European Parliament. The scope of the CHP bureau in Brussels is not limited to the bilateral framework of Turkey's EU accession process. Issues such as the information society, energy policies, social development, climate change, international trade and security are among the different focus areas. The EU-Turkey relations are about integration and need multiple, plural and horizontal channels of communication. The CHP supports and promotes Turkey's EU membership process also by being more present and active in Brussels The CHP's Representative to the EU is Ms Kader Sevinç who previously worked as an MEP advisor at the European Parliament and in the private sector.
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