Sunday, 8 May 2011

Turkey Had to Pay 25 Million Euros in Fines Because of Human Rights Breaches Last Year

Turkey has chaired the Council of Europe for the last 6 months. But that doesn't seem to have improved its human rights record any.

Breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights last year cost Turkey just under 25 million euros (37 million dollars), officials from Europe's top human rights watchdog said on Thursday.

Respect of the convention is policed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, which takes up individual complaints and orders compensation when breaches are found.

In 2010, Turkey paid out 24,542,000 euros to comply with the ECHR's judgements - the highest amount among members of the Council of Europe, the organization of which the convention and the ECHR are a part.

The compensation paid out by Romania and Russia were joint second-highest at 7.4 million euros, followed by Italy, with 6 million euros, and 5 million from Portugal.

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