To further my report on Turkey jailing transgender activists for ‘insulting police,’ in another case Turkey has been found guilty at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) of failing to carry out an effective investigation in the case of a transgender woman who was harassed by a police officer.
Cases in the court can often take a long time and this was from 1999.
Esma Halat complained about a police officer who took her to the Beşiktaş Police Station in İstanbul by force when she was on her way home on Oct. 21, 1999. There, she was exposed to physical and psychological harassment by Barış Gözen, deputy police chief of the Beşiktaş police.
Gözen was tried in İstanbul at the time and was found not guilty.
Halat went to the ECtHR only after receiving no justice in Turkish courts. The ECtHR ruled there had been a breach of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights [ECHR]. Article 3, which refers to the prohibition of torture, states, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
The ECtHR ruled that Turkey should pay Halat 17,000 euros in compensation.
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