The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which oversees the implementation of the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), once again discussed the Osman Kavala case at its meetings in Strasbourg this week.
The Committee, in a decision it accepted by consensus, reminded Turkey of its “unconditional obligation to fulfill the decisions of the ECHR”.
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Although it was reiterated in the decision that the Turkish judiciary should immediately release Kavala and all charges against him should be dropped, as per the provisions of the ECtHR, priority was given to the political dialogue between the Council of Europe and Ankara.
Attention was drawn to the recent high-level dialogue between the Foreign Ministers of Ireland and Turkey, who hold the Term Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, regarding the Kavala case.
The two ministers were urged to re-establish contact as soon as possible to discuss the matter.
The Committee also asked the member states of the Council of Europe to “intensify” high-level contacts with Turkey regarding the Kavala case.