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OHAL commission had rejected 88,700 out of 126,300 applications by end of 2019

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A commission set up by the Turkish government to look into complaints from individuals who were adversely affected by government decrees during a state of emergency (OHAL) in Turkey had as of Dec. 31, 2019 rejected 88,700 applications out of the 126,300 it has processed since its establishment in summer 2017, according to a report drafted by the commission for the year 2019.

The commission said it is continuing to assess the remaining 28,000 applications. A total of 98,300 applications have been adjudicated by the commission thus far, of which only 9,600 have been concluded in favor of the applicants.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of a failed coup on July 15, 2016 that remained in effect until July 19, 2018.

During the state of emergency, the AKP issued a number of government decrees, known as KHKs, through which thousands of academics, politicians, teachers, doctors, officials, businessmen, artists and journalists were purged due to their real or alleged connections to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the government of being behind the failed coup. The movement strongly denies any involvement.

According to the report, a total of 125,678 people were removed from state posts while 270 students were expelled from their schools and 2,761 organizations were closed down after the coup attempt.

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