In the application on the killing of Şiyar Perinçek by the police, the European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of violating the right to life by not conducting an effective investigation; sentencing Turkey to pay 50 thousand Euros of moral compensation.
Perinçek was heavily injured in Adana on 28 May 2008 due to the fire opened by the police and lost his life at the hospital two days later. In the official statement made, the incident was announced as “an operation organized to prevent a PKK attack.” The report prepared by the Human Rights Association (IHD), on the other hand, indicated that there was no evidence on Perinçek carrying arms and that the situation was an “extrajudicial execution.” However, in the case filed on the incident, the defendant police officer was acquitted due to “self-defence.”
The court also issued that it is a right violation to not hand the deceased bodies of two young people, who were killed by soldiers during the clashes in January 2005, to their families to be buried. Turkey was sentenced to pay a total of 23 thousand Euros of compensation.
The two bodies were seized by the Government after their families’ attempt to bury them at the Siirt Cemetery, with the reason that “there might be turmoil during the funeral.” The two bodies were then buried in the early morning in a cemetery in Eruh, Siirt by municipality workers; without any ceremony or the knowledge of their families. ECtHR decided that the measures, indicated by the authorities to have been taken in order to protest public order, were not proportionate and thus present a violation of the Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.