Okyay and Others v. Turkey

Submitted by Kelly Russo on Wed, 07/13/2005 - 00:00
Regional Decisions
European Court

The European Court of Human rights held that Turkish authorities violated Article 6(1 )of the European Convention on Human Rights by failing to implement a domestic court's order to shut down three thermal power plants that were polluting the environment in southwest Turkey. Article 6(1) recognizes the right to a fair hearing by a tribunal with regard to issues concerning civil rights and obligations. The Court held that the Council of Ministers' actions in continuing to operate the power plants following the Aydin Administrative Court's interlocutory order to suspend the activities was tantamount to circumventing the judicial decisions and deprived Article 6(1) of any useful effect.