Judgment concerning Türkiye

Human Rights building

In the case of Selçuk v. Türkiye the Court held that there had been no violation of the right to life in its substantive and procedural aspects.

The case concerned a suicide bombing committed in Ankara on 10 October 2015. The Court held that, in the absence of a specific, concrete and imminent threat to the lives of those due to take part in a demonstration on that day, the authorities had taken the reasonable precautions necessary to ensure the safety of persons and property. The Turkish authorities had therefore not been in breach of their substantive obligations under the Convention. As to the procedural limb of the Article 2, the Court noted that the Turkish legal system had afforded the applicant, in addition to criminal proceedings, compensatory remedies that in the present case could therefore be regarded as having satisfied the conditions of an “effective judicial system”. In addition, the Court considered that the redress afforded to the applicant had been sufficient in the circumstance of the case.

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