jeudi 28 juillet 2011

Turkey: Grandpa is resisting!

On April 4, 2008, Turkey was condemned by the European Court of Human Rights to pay 6,000 euro fine for non-pecuniary damage and EUR 1,000 for costs and expenses in the case against Mr. Hamdi Tastan.
The Turkish citizen was obliged and forced to perform military service at age 71.
Berger since childhood in Sanliurfa born in 1929 in Urfa, illiterate and speak Kurdish, he was called under the flag of February 15, 2000 in Sanliurfa. Apprehended by the police, he had passed the compulsory medical examination of fitness military before being transferred to Erzincan, where he received military training recruits for a month together young people from twenty years.
He admits to have suffered degrading treatment during training. His military superiors offered him a cigarette, for example in exchange for a photo with him and to have been the subject of ridicule.
         Toothless, he also had trouble eating at the barracks.
Because temperatures up to -30 °C, he has suffered from heart and lung problems. In addition, he was no longer able to communicate with his son for the duration of his military training.
         At the end of military training, he was transferred to the 10th Infantry Brigade in Ercis (Van), where his health deteriorated. After examination by two military doctors at the hospital in Van, he was transferred to the military hospital in Diyarbakir.
April 26, 2000, he finally obtained a certificate of unfitness for military service for heart failure and senescence.
He was finally forced to complain that the Turkish government has been condemned by the European Court of Human Rights to degrading treatment.
Turkey ranks third countries that have been most condemned by the European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg).

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