European Court of Human Rights issues coup compensation

Published 17.05.2011 18:13
Updated 17.05.2011 18:15

The ECHR has reached a symbolic ruling for those who suffered grievances in the September 12, 1980 coup d’état. The European Court of Human Rights has issued a 20,000 Euros compensation payout for a teacher who was suspended from teaching for seven years.

Osman Erden, who was an elementary teacher in Kahramanmaraş during the 1980 coup, was relinquished of his position for being 'suspect' at the beginning of 1982. For years, Erden struggled to reverse the unjust ruling. He was finely able to return to his profession seven years later in 1989.
Erden applied numerous times to the ministry to be compensated for seven years of salary and the loss of his personal rights, and every time he was denied, he appealed the ruling in court. The court ruled on Erden being paid out 4.35 lira, and no interest.
When Erden failed to receive rightful compensation from the state he went straight to the European Court of Human Rights. The ECHR in turn ruled against Turkey, claiming they acted against the principles of fair trial, and issued a ruling for compensation to be paid out to Erden totaling 20,000 Euros.

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