Chair of Bar Human Rights Committee Kirsty Brimelow QC comments on Turkey’s failure to bring thousands to court after coup attempt

As reported in The Brief, the daily legal news update from The Times, Kirsty Brimelow QC has been quoted in relation to a letter she wrote with the Bar Human Rights Committee to the Constitutional Court of Turkey about its lack of hearing any cases since the aborted coup. Thousands remain in custody awaiting hearings.

In a letter to Zühtü Arslan, the president of Turkey’s Constitutional Court, it is claimed that the authorities are in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. The barristers argue that by not making any determinations in relation to the cases, defendants’ rights to an effective and timely remedy under Article 5 of the convention had been breached.

“There appears to be a systemic failure of the courts in Turkey, representing a block to access to justice,” said Kirsty Brimelow QC, of Doughty Street Chambers in London and chairwoman of the Bar’s committee.

Brimelow said that fundamental rights to liberty were being “violated” in Turkey. “It is essential that cases filed with the court are considered and heard as soon as possible,” said the silk, “in particular in relation to those who are held in custody awaiting charge or trial.”

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