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The ECtHR found Amnesty's conviction to be unjust: Administrative fines constitute interference with the right to freedom of association

The case brought by the former President of Amnesty International's Turkish branch and our Chairman of the Board, Prof. Dr. Levent Korkut, before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) was concluded today. The ECtHR ruled that the penalty imposed by Turkey on Amnesty International was unjust and that the fine imposed constituted an interference with the right to freedom of association.

In the aforementioned case, Korkut and Amnesty International had appealed to the ECtHR for allegedly failing to inform the administration about the use of funds from other countries. The court decided to fine the plaintiffs a total of 5283 euros, a fine of 2,000 euros for non-material damages and a fine of 5,000 euros for expenses.

In January 2008, Korkut appealed the fine of approximately 5,283 euros for the organization's activities in 2006 and 2007, arguing that the funds were sent from the organization's headquarters to its Turkish branch.

Interference with the right to freedom of association

Along with the ECtHR's decision on compensation, it also ruled that the "right to a fair and just trial" in Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights and the "freedom of association" in Article 11 had been violated.

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