Demir v Turkey

Paul Richmond has been instructed by the Kurdish Human Rights Project to represent a Kurdish military conscript in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. The applicant, who has been convicted and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for a criminal offence of ‘making propaganda for an illegal organisation’ under Article 7/2 of the Anti-terror Law, complains that he has been subjected to unlawful and arbitrary detention, an unfair trial and a violation of his right to freedom of expression. The case is particularly noteworthy insofar as it includes a challenge to the independence of the entire military court system in Turkey.