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European Court accepts disabled Turkish-Armenian journalist’s lawsuit against Turkey

European Court accepts disabled Turkish-Armenian journalist’s lawsuit against TurkeyMarch 30, 2012 | 12:57

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) accepted to examine the lawsuit against Turkey, which was filed by the physically challenged Armenian journalist Cevat Sinet, who lives in Turkey’s Batman (Sasun) Province. 

On September 21, 2010, Sinet had applied to for a disability card, but he was denied.

“You are Armenian, it is written ‘Christian’ on your identity card. We cannot give you a disability card,” the Batman Social Service’s civil servant had told and subsequently insulted him.     

Next, Cevat Sinet applied to the Human Rights Union, and, with the latter’s assistance, a lawsuit was filed against the civil servant, but the prosecutor’s office ruled against the case. 

And after unsuccessfully exhausting all of Turkey’s judicial instances to restore his rights, Sinet finally petitioned to ECHR.

“I applied to the ECHR [against Turkey] for insulting me, mocking my religion, and debasing me,” the Armenian journalist stated.


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