The UN expert group urges Turkey to follow the commitments undertaken within the framework of the international human rights’ law in the state of emergency proclaimed in Turkey, states the announcement of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
After the military coup attempt on July 15, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-months’ state of emergency in the country. He made a reference to the Article 4 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which in certain conditions provide a temporary cancellation of the country's human rights obligations. Turkey ratified the covenant in 2003.
"The reference to the Article 4 is legitimate only in case of danger to the life of the people. The condition, which , probably, in this case has not been met. Even in situations that are close to that condition, Section 4 establishes limits to what extent the state may derogate from its obligations, "the statement says.
Experts point out that even in the state of emergency the state must fulfill its obligations to protect the right to life, prohibit torture, follow fundamental human rights, reject discrimination, and protect the rights of people to express their own opinions and beliefs.
The UN officials say that although they understand that Turkey is living a crisis, they are concerned that the steps taken by the Government on a wide range of human rights protection guarantees exceed the limit that can be justified in that light.