Classics The European Court of Human Rights victim of a cyber attack after a judgment condemning Turkey

19:05  23 december  2020
19:05  23 december  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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The European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg, France. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg. Hackers launched a “large-scale cyberattack ” on the website of the European Court of Human Rights after it published a ruling critical of Turkey .

The Court observed that under Article 34 (individual applications) a legal entity could bring a case before it provided that it was a “NGO” Article 33 (inter-State applications) did not allow an applicant Government to defend the rights of a legal entity which did not Judgment concerning Turkey .

Dans son arrêt, la CEDH exigeait la libération « immédiate » de l’opposant Selahatti Demirtas. (Illustration) © AFP / FREDERICK FLORIN In its judgment, the ECHR demanded the "immediate" release of the opponent Selahatti Demirtas. (Illustration)

The website of the European Court of Human Rights was the target of a "large-scale cyberattack which made it temporarily inaccessible" just after the publication on Tuesday of a severe judgment condemning Turkey for the detention of a pro-Kurdish opponent, the ECHR announced on Wednesday. "At this stage, no loss of data" has been observed, specified the press service of the Court.

The cyber attack, the origin of which has not yet been formally identified and which lasted several hours, was noted "following the delivery of the judgment" made public Tuesday at 3 pm concerning in particular the detention since November 2016 in the Turkish jails of pro-Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, the ECHR, headquartered in Strasbourg, said in a statement.

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR or ECtHR; French: Cour européenne des droits de l’homme), also known as the Strasbourg Court

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The site again accessible

This “large-scale cyber attack […] made the Court's site temporarily inaccessible”, said the ECHR, which “deeply deplores this serious incident”.

According to the Court's press service, the attack lasted until Wednesday morning. The site, which had been inaccessible since Tuesday afternoon, was again available for consultation in the middle of the morning, AFP noted. "We consider the follow-up that we intend to reserve in this case", further indicated the press service of the Court.

This is a priori the second time that the ECHR has been the victim of a cyberattack, "but it is on a large scale", specified the press service.

A “political decision”, for Erdogan

The ECHR issued a scathing judgment on Tuesday afternoon in the case of the opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Court, which noted several violations of the European Convention on Human Rights, also demanded the “immediate” release of Selahatti Demirtas.

A judgment that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has violently condemned. “It's an entirely political decision. […] Asking for the release of the one responsible for the death of 39 of our fellow citizens is a policy of double standards, it is hypocrisy ”, insisted Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He was referring to the violent protests that left dozens of people dead in 2014 in south-eastern Turkey, for which the Turkish authorities blame the leaders of the pro-Kurdish party HDP, which they deny.

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