European Court: Turkey Failed to Protect Dink

On Sept. 14, The European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Turkish authorities “failed in their duty to protect the life and freedom of expression of the journalist Hrant Dink. The Court decided that Turkey should pay 100,000 Euros to Dink's wife, Rakel, and children and 5,000 Euros to his brother, in addition to 28,595 Euros to the applicants jointly for costs and expenses.

The Court unanimously found that Turkey had committed two violations of Article 2 (right to life—lack of an effective investigation), a violation of Article 10 (freedom of expression) and a violation of Article 13 (right to an effective remedy) in conjunction with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

This Chamber judgment is not final. During the three-month period following its delivery, any party may request that the case be referred to the Grand Chamber of the Court. If such a request is made, a panel of judges considers whether the case deserves further examination. In that event, the Grand Chamber will hear the case and deliver a final judgment. If the referral request is refused, the Chamber judgment will become final on the day the request is rejected.

Once a judgment becomes final, it is transmitted to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for supervision of its execution.

Public Radio of Armenia