Turkey suspends EU Convention on Human Rights

People shout, gestures and hold Turkish national flags as they gather in Taksim square in Istanbul, on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15. Turkish security forces on July 18 carried out new raids against suspected plotters of the botched coup against the rule of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as international concern grew over the scale of the crackdown. Thousands of pro-Erdogan supporters waving Turkish flags filled the main Kizilay Square in Ankara while similar scenes were seen in Taksim Square in Istanbul, AFP photographers said. / AFP / DANIEL MIHAILESCU        (Photo credit should read DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)
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Turkey will temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights after announcing a state of emergency following the attempted coup.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday that Turkey would follow the example set by France when it did so following last November’s attacks by Isis militants in Paris.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency in Turkey would enable authorities to act quicker and more efficiently against the coup plotters.
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In comments quoted by NTV, Kurtulmus also said Turkey’s state of emergency could end within one to one and a half months. He identified “structural and individual” intelligence failures during the coup attempt and also said that work was underway to restructure the army, NTV reported.

Around 250 people were killed and hundreds more wounded when soldiers deployed tanks, fighter jets and military helicopters to key infrastructure in Ankara and Istanbul in a failed bid to overthrow the government last Friday.

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