Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Equal Opportunities Committee, Christina McKelvie MSP, has commended comment by the European Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks.


Human Rights Commissioner, Nils Muiznieks

The Commissioner has expressed his “profound concern” over Turkey’s notice of formal derogation to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Already, the European Court of Human Rights has examined emergency measures that have seen detainees held for 14 days without access to a judge. That period has now been extended to 30 days. “This period is exceptionally long,” says Mr Muiznieks, “and will apply not only to those suspected of involvement in the coup attempt, but all persons suspected of involvement in terrorist offences and organised crime.”

Christina McKelvie adds: “It gets worse. These moves also give legal, administrative, criminal and financial impunity to the authorities so safeguards are removed. I think the evidence of 15 July is that the very foundations of the rule of law are in jeopardy and the European Court will face a huge number of cases from Turkey featuring human rights abuses.”


The Commissioner’s comments can be read in full at: