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Effective NPM Implementation for Turkey


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

On 4-5 November the APT, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and Ankara University’s Human Rights Centre co-sponsored an experts’ meeting designed to engender a discussion on the part of civil society and academia regarding how the OPCAT might be implemented in the country. Around 30 civil society experts and academics from an array of organizations and institutions met at Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences for this one-and-a-half day meeting.

Date: 04 - 05 November 2010
Place: Ankara, Turkey
Purpose: To elicit Turkish civil society and academia’s views on the implementation of the OPCAT in Turkey.
Partners: Human Rights Foundation of Turkey
Human Rights Centre of the Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences
Activities: On 4-5 November the APT, Human Rights Foundation of Turkey and Ankara University’s Human Rights Centre co-sponsored an experts’ meeting designed to engender a discussion on the part of civil society and academia regarding how the OPCAT might be implemented in the country. Around 30 civil society experts and academics from an array of organizations and institutions met at Ankara University’s Faculty of Political Sciences for this one-and-a-half day meeting.
Expected Outcome: During this exchange, draft legislation which has been drawn up to establish an NHRI and is also likely to function as the country’s future NPM, was examined in close detail. Regrettably, the current draft law suffers from numerous shortcomings, which need to be addressed if the NPM is going to fulfil the requirements of the OPCAT. Moreover, civil society and academia also used the meeting as an opportunity to discuss and advance their vision of an NPM, as there appears to be little agreement about the model being proposed by the government. It is hoped that, as a result of this exchange, a useful further contribution will be made to the national discussion on the important matter of implementation of the OPCAT.

This experts’ meeting was the second activity in a three-year project on the effective implementation of the OPCAT in Turkey. An initial activity was co-sponsored by the APT and Ankara University’s Human Rights Centre in October 2009. The overall project is kindly being funded by the European Commission. Further activities are foreseen in 2012 aimed at ensuring a national dialogue on this issue.
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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