Turks detained for using encrypted app ‘had human rights breached’

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Turks detained for using encrypted app ‘had human rights breached’

Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens detained or dismissed from their jobs on the basis of downloading an encrypted messaging app have had their human rights breached, a legal opinion published in London has found.

The study, commissioned by opponents of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, argues that the arrest of 75,000 suspects primarily because they downloaded the ByLock app is arbitrary and illegal.

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“No doubt that Turkey has breached the Convention rights of those arrested and detained since the failed coup..”

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Sept 11 (Reuters) – Legal and Forensic Report on Turkey´s Actions Post-Coup Concludes

o “No doubt” that Turkey has breached the Convention rights of those arrested and detained since the failed coup of 2016

o There are no grounds for detaining or convicting thousands of people for the alleged use of a (Bylock) messaging application

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An overview about illegality of using bylock application as evidence in trials

This legal opinion addresses whether the Turkish State breached the rights granted by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) of those arrested since the failed coup of July 2016. Moreover, it focuses on whether Turkey contravened international criminal law, particularly considering the use of the Bylock messenger application as a proof of membership to a terrorist organization (namely, FETÖ – the organization allegedly headed by the US-based imam Fethullah Gülen – which is considered to be the organizer of the 2016 failed coup).

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Supreme court rules on ByLock in line with justice minister’s remarks

The Supreme Court of Appeals’ Assembly of Criminal Chambers has ruled the ByLock smart phone application to be considered evidence of membership in a terrorist organization following Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül’s remarks on ByLock being strong evidence of terrorist organization membership.

According to the decision, ByLock will be considered evidence in and of itself for prosecution on charges of membership in the Gülen movement, accused by the government of mounting a botched coup attempt in July 2016.

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