Turkish PM: work under way to reinstate rights of YAŞ victims

Erdoğan said work is under way in order to reinstate the rights of former members of the military who were expelled by the Supreme Military Council.

Turkish PM: work under way to reinstate rights of YAŞ victims

 

World Bulletin / News Desk

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said work is under way in order to reinstate the rights of former members of the military who were expelled by the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ).

The government plans to grant the victims access to social security services and pensions -- benefits that were revoked when they were expelled from the military.

The prime minister's remarks came after his parliamentary group address on Tuesday. He was responding to a question from a former military officer who was expelled from the military. The officer asked the prime minister: "I am a YAŞ victim. You promised us in the referendum. The constitutional amendment package was approved in the referendum. But no action has been taken to reinstate our rights. What are you planning?

In response, Erdoğan said: "I am following the issue. Our colleagues are continuing their work. It will be finalized soon."

The constitutional reform package, which included an article that opens the way for former members of the military to appeal a judicial body over their expulsion, boosted the hopes of hundreds of people who have been the victims of YAŞ decisions. With the implementation of the article, expelled soldiers will be allowed to appeal YAŞ decisions at the Military High Administrative Court (AYİM). Before the referendum, YAŞ decisions were closed to judicial review.

 

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