Rights court condemns Turkey over prisoners' letters

11th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Turkey violated prisoners' rights to a private and family life by refusing to send letters written in Kurdish to their families, the European Court of Human Rights said on Tuesday.

The 10 plaintiffs were serving their sentences in two high-security jails where authorities had in 2008 refused to send their letters on grounds that their content could not be checked.

The ruling by the Strasbourg court said that some checks on inmates' correspondence were acceptable, but that the country's legislation on the subject did not envisage the use of a language other than Turkish in exchanges.

It concluded that in the absence of a legal basis for refusing to send the letters there had been a violation of the right to a private and family life.

© 2011 AFP

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