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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled that the murder of 15-year-old Elvan Belkin, who died on June 16, 2013 as a result of a coma after being hit on the head with a gas bottle while he was about to buy bread, during the events in Gezi Park, complies with the “European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). ) was a violation of Article 2, which regulates the “right to life”.

The ECHR, headquartered in Strasbourg, “unanimously” decided that the right of the Turkish government to the life of 15-year-old Berkin Elvan, the symbol of the events in Gezi, was violated in terms of procedure.

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) discussed and ruled on a lawsuit filed by parents Berkin Elvan, Sami and Gulsum Elvan against Turkey in 2019.

In their application to the ECtHR, the Elvan family stated that Article 2 of the ECHR regulates the “right to life”, Article 3 regulates the prohibition of ill-treatment and torture, Article 11 regulates the right to assembly and organization, Article 13 regulates the right to effective enforcement and discrimination. He complained that Article 14, which governs the prohibition of the law, has been violated by Turkey.

In its decision, announced today, the Court found that “in particular, the procedural obligation of the Turkish State was violated under Article 2 of the Convention in investigating the possible role of the Chief of Police of Istanbul and/or the Governor of Istanbul in connection with the death of Berkin Elvan.”

The decision stated: “As regards the alleged duties of the governor and chief of police of Istanbul: the court decides that this part of the complaint is admissible and decides to continue examining this part on the merits.”

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