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Committee of Ministers refers Kavala v. Turkey case to the European Court of Human Rights

Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 3 February 2022
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Committee of Ministers refers Kavala v. Turkey case to the European Court of Human Rights

The Committee of Ministers of the 47-nation Council of Europe has referred the Kavala v. Turkey case to the European Court of Human Rights to determine whether Turkey has failed to fulfil its obligation to implement the Court’s judgment in this case, in line with proceedings provided for under Article 46.4 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

In an Interim Resolution adopted yesterday, the Committee found that, by failing to ensure Mr Kavala’s immediate release, Turkey is refusing to abide by the Court’s final judgment in his case. This view is disputed by the Turkish authorities.

Under Article 46 of the European Convention on Human Rights, Council of Europe member states are obliged to implement judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. Article 46.4 of the Convention gives the Committee of Ministers, which is responsible for supervising the execution of the Court’s judgments, the possibility of referring to the Court the question of whether a state has failed to fulfil its obligation to implement a judgment.


 Press release
Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers refers the Kavala v. Turkey case to the ECHR


 Information document: Procedure for the implementation of Article 46, paragraph 4 of the European Convention on Human Rights


 European Court of Human Rights “Country profile” on Turkey


 Council of Europe factsheet on Turkey’s implementation of ECHR judgments


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