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European court throws out Turkish rights case

The European Court of Human Rights has dismissed the application of a teacher who was among the thousands of civil servants dismissed by the Turkish government in the past year.

The case of Gökhan Köksal was rejected by the ECHR on 12 June “for failure to exhaust domestic remedies” to his situation. The ruling is expected to set a precedent for similar cases, with hundreds of researchers and university lecturers among those who have lost jobs in Turkey following a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

Köksal lost his job as a primary school teacher in Ankara on 1 September 2016, as part of the Turkish government’s sweeping dismissals of about 50,000 civil servants with alleged associations to terrorist groups. Köksal had been suspended from his job since 25 July 2016, after the government declared a state of emergency following the failed coup attempt.

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