Turkey sets up committee to probe post-coup purges from public posts

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Turkish authorities on Monday launched a commission to investigate and weigh the factors leading to dismissals from public sector jobs in the wake of a failed coup by the military in 2016.

According to the government, no fewer than 142,000 people have lost their jobs in the public sector and military under the state of emergency which went into effect following the aborted July 15, 2016, coup.

“The commission will receive objections from those purged to determine who can be re-employed or compensated,’’ private broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Monday.

The purged civil servants have two months to appeal the commission.



Thousands of sacked civil servants had already appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for redress.

On Friday, Turkey’s Justice Ministry said that the court had rejected half of the nearly 25,000 such appeals made by Turkish citizens.

There was no immediate comment from the ECHR.

The government blames the coup on a U.S.-based cleric, Fethullah Gulen, saying “the purges are targeted his followers.”



However, Gulen denies all the charges. (dpa/NAN)


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