Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government formed a commission to investigate cases occurred during the state of emergency period that actually aims delay a process for victims to take cases against government to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), expert says.

Government decree numbered 685, one of the four decrees issued on Monday, formed “Commission to Investigate State of Emergency Matters” to solve judicial issues filed against state institutions by those dismissed from state jobs, expelled from schools, retired personnel whose ranks downgraded and also owners and personnel of closed institutions, associations, trusts, syndicates, federations, confederations, private medical, educational, media institutions, including TVs, newspapers, radios, news agencies, magazines and distribution agencies.

Kerem Altıparmak, a human rights lawyer and political science professor at Ankara University, said in an article in his Facebook account on Monday that the formation of the commission
aims to prevent human rights violation cases against the government to the ECtHR.

Underlining that he guessed about the formation of the commission during a meeting with his lawyer and academician friends on weekend, Altıparmak said Turkey’s Constitutional Court, which is the final judicial institution in Turkey before taking a case to the ECtHR, will transfer the cases to this commission to block or delay the process.

“AYM (Constitutional Court) will transfer all applications [by victims of government decrees] to the commission. Nobody will be reinstated to their former jobs as the entire process in the commission, administrative procedures, appeals, AYM and ECtHR will take at least 10 years,” he said.

Only two out seven members of the commission will be appointed by Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) while five others will be appointed by Prime Minister and Ministers.

Altıparmak said that the commission will be expected to look after approximately 100,000 within 2 years. “It means at least 250 cases in a day that has to be handled by the commission…it is not possible to handle all those cases that quick and just,” he added.

This article originally appeared in Turkish Minute on Jan 24.