EGMR: Forthcoming judgment on Tuesday 2 February 2016 – Sodan v. Turkey (no. 18650/05)

von Dr. Georg Neureither

The applicant, Ramazan Sodan, is a Turkish national who was born in 1952 and lives in Ankara. He was deputy governor of Ankara at the relevant time. The case concerns Mr Sodan’s transfer from his senior post with the governor’s office following a report on his conduct, and his complaints regarding his freedom of thought, conscience and religion and respect for his private life.

On 16 June 1998 an inspector with the governor’s office was instructed to carry out an investigation into Mr Sodan’s general conduct, in particular on the basis of two circulars, one concerning separatism and the other concerning fundamentalism among senior officials in the governor’s office. In his analysis the inspector conducting the investigation stated that Mr Sodan’s wife wore an Islamic veil and that Mr Sodan himself had an introverted personality which had a negative impact on the performance of his duties with the governor’s office, since senior members of the office had to be “model citizens with a modern appearance and outlook” ...

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