Turkey expects ECHR to stick to earlier ruling over Swiss appeal on ‘genocide’ case
Turkey has said it is confident that the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights will stick to the courtâs earlier decision ruled that punishing denials of "the Armenian genocide" constitute a violation of freedom of expression.
The statement came following the courtâs acceptance of Switzerlandâs request for the referral of the judgment delivered by the ECHR on the PerinÃ§ek v. Switzerland case on Dec. 17, 2013.
âWe are confident that the Grand Chamber will be guided by exclusively legal considerations when hearing the case. One cannot imagine an outcome different than the chamber judgment of Dec. 17, 2013, considering the jurisprudence of the ECHR and the fundamental principles of law,â the Foreign Ministry said in a written statement late June 3.
âWhile the ECHRâs judgment of Dec. 17, 2013, endorsed the principle of âthe protection of the freedom of expression which is the fundamental element of societies committed to freedom, democracy, and the rule of law,â Switzerland has brought the matter before the Grand Chamber on entirely political motives,â it added.
âThus, once again,â the statement read, âthis will be an adequate response against initiatives attempting to politicize history and law, and will strongly confirm that freedom of expression, which is the building block of democratic societies, is under protection.â
Workersâ Party (Ä°P) Chairman DoÄu PerinÃ§ek, who said that "the Armenian genocide is an international lie,â had complained that Swiss courts had breached his freedom of expression, based on Article 10 covering freedom of expression.
Issued on Dec. 17, 2013, the ECHR ruling stated that...