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OHAL commission has rejected 77,600 out of 126,200 applications to date

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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 has so far rejected 77,600 applications out of the 126,200 it has processed since its establishment in summer 2017, according to a written statement from the commission on Thursday.

The commission said it is continuing to assess the remaining 41,900 applications. The total number of applications adjudicated by the commission thus far is 84,300.

The commission said the applications include those from students whose scholarships were cancelled, retired military officers who lost their rank and employees of workplaces that were closed down by the government.

The commission ruled for the reopening of 28 organizations that were closed down by government decrees, including dormitories, foundations and some TV stations.

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.

The commission accepts complaints regarding dismissal from the civil service, jobs or organizations; dismissal from university and the loss of student status; the closure of associations, organizations, unions, federations, confederations, private health institutions, private education institutions, private institutions of higher education, private radio and TV organizations, newspapers and magazines, news agencies, publication houses and distribution channels; and the loss of retiree ranking through government decrees.

Individuals whose applications have been rejected by the OHAL commission have the right, within 60 days, to file a case at the Ankara 19th or 20th administrative courts for cancellation of the decisions of the OHAL commission.

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