The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (CoE) will investigate claims of rights violations caused by emergency rule in Turkey and will examine whether government decrees comply with European norms, the Birgun daily reported on Sunday.

When the Justice and Development party (AKP) expanded massive crackdown and purges to target wider segments of society, critics and opponents, it commanded close international attention, including CoE.

The Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly requested the Venice Commission to provide an opinion on “the overall compatibility of the implementation of the state of emergency in Turkey, in particular all subsequent decree-laws, with the Council of Europe standards,” a note on CoE website says.
Nils Muiznieks, Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, previously warned Turkey about high number of lawsuits against Ankara at European Court of Human Rights, criticizing overreach of decrees.