Published: 1 Dec 2005 | By Anke Stock

Right of return – Doğan and Others v Turkey


The conflict in the Kurdish regions of Turkey during the 80s and 90s led to an enormous number of internally displaced persons (IDPs). In a post-conflict situation the issue of IDPs raises the question of the right to return. Under present international law there is no general rule that affirms the right of IDPs to return to their original place of residence. However, the ECtHR has now established principles as to how to address the needs of IDPs.

In this article, Anke Stock considers the case of Doğan and Others v Turkey, in which IDPs were denied their right of return to their villages by the Turkish authorities, and which has been taken by the victims to the ECtHR. It is one of about 1500 similar cases. To find out more about the case and its wider implications, click on the link to the full article below.