Friday, 4 July 2014

H.Ç. v Turkey - the last human rights complaint about the blanket criminalisation of same-sex sex in Europe

The European Court of Human Rights have published their decision in H.Ç. v Turkey, which strikes the case from its list.

The complaint concerned the existence of law which had the effect of criminalising certain male homosexual acts between consenting adults in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. 

I wrote about the TRNC law and the complaint several times last year:

http://echrso.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/H.Ç.%20v%20Turkey

After the complaint was lodged with the Court, the TRNC government announced that they planned to amend the law and these changes came into effect on 7 February 2014.

As a result, the applicant in H.Ç. v Turkey has withdrawn his complaint and the Court has decided to strike the application out of its list of cases.

With the resolution of this case comes the end of nearly six decades of litigation in the Court relating to the blanket criminalisation of certain same-sex sexual acts in European states. None of the 47 Council of Europe states contracted to the Convention now operate a prohibition on same-sex sexual acts between consenting adults. 

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