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The State of Emergency Inquiry Commission has released a written statement and announced that it has reached a decision about 42 thousand applications regarding the people who were discharged from their posts by Statutory Decrees and the institutions and organizations which were closed by decrees during the State of Emergency.
According to the statement, 125 thousand applications have been submitted to the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission, which was established to evaluate applications regarding the people who were discharged from their jobs, the students whose scholarships were cancelled, the retired security personnel who were stripped of their ranks and the institutions and organizations that were closed by Statutory Decrees.
83 thousand applications still under evaluation
The State of Emergency Inquiry Commission has been delivering judgements regarding the applications since December 22, 2017. Concluding 42 thousand applications until today (November 9), the commission has approved three thousand applications.
With the decision of approval, it has been ruled that the ones who were discharged from their jobs shall be reinstated in their former positions and the closed institutions and organizations shall be opened again.
Rejecting 39 thousand applications, the commission has still been evaluating 83 thousand applications. The ones, whose applications have been rejected, have the right to file an annulment action at the Ankara 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd Administrative Courts in 60 days.
On October 25, 2018, Amnesty International Turkey released a report entitled "Purged Beyond Return?: No Remedy for Turkey's Dismissed Public Sector Workers". Specifically focussing on the discharges from the public service as per Statutory Decrees and the decisions taken by the State of Emergency Inquiry Commission, the report emphasized that "130 thousand dismissed public sector workers are still seeking justice."
On the occasion of the publication of this report, Amnesty International's Turkey Strategy and Research Manager Andrew Gardner also penned an article entitled "Purged Beyond Return" and stated, "More than two years since the first dismissals began, tens of thousands of public sector workers are still living in limbo and without access to an effective remedy." (EMK/SD)
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