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Instituting a National Preventive Mechanism in Turkey under the OPCAT


Wednesday, October 21, 2009

APT in AnkaraOn 22-23 October the APT and Ankara University's Human Rights Centre co-sponsored an experts' meeting titled 'Instituting a National Preventive Mechanism in Turkey under the OPCAT'. Around 40 different government and civil society experts contributed to the meeting devoted to the form and structure of the country's future NPM. Dr Zdenek Hajek of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture delivered the key-note speech during the opening session of the event.

 

 

Date:
22 - 23 October 2009
Place:
Ankara, Turkey
Purpose:
To engender a national discussion on the implementation of the OPCAT in Turkey.
Partners:
Human Rights Centre of the Ankara University's Faculty of Political Sciences
Activities:

On 22-23 October 2009 the APT and Ankara University's Human Rights Centre co-sponsored an experts' meeting titled 'Instituting a National Preventive Mechanism in Turkey under the OPCAT'. Around 40 different government and civil society experts contributed to the one-and-a-half day meeting devoted to the form and structure of the country's future NPM.

Dr Zdenek Hajek of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture delivered the key-note speech during the opening session of the event, followed by representatives of various NPMs from European Union Member States. The latter informed the Turkish authorities and civil society of how the instrument is being implemented in their own countries. These included representatives from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales, France’s General Inspector of All Places of Deprivation of Liberty and the Czech Republic's Public Defender's Office (Ombudsman).

In addition to learning more about the experiences of European Union Member States, the focus of the exchange turned to ensuring full compliance of the instrument in Turkey. In particular, during the second day of the meeting the participants discussed the strengths and weaknesses of different NPM models. It is expected that a short paper will be produced, which documents these pluses and minuses and which will form the basis of future discussions.

Outcome:
Turkey signed the OPCAT on 15 February 2006 and OPCAT ratification continues to be a pre-requisite for the Republic of Turkey’s membership of the European Union. It is therefore hoped that the event was of interest to those national actors which are involved in this matter. Moreover, it is envisaged that the series of activities being organized by the APT will promote an open and inclusive discussion on the issue of implementation of the instrument in Turkey.
Next Steps:
This experts' meeting was the first activity in a three-year project on the effective implementation of the OPCAT which is kindly being funded by the European Commission. Further activities are foreseen in 2010 and 2011 aimed at ensuring a national dialogue on this important issue.
Documents:
Agenda (Draft)
Contact Persons:

Barbara Bernath, APT Chief of Operations

Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer

Anja Härtwig, APT Publications Officer

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This project is funded by the European Commission.

Funded by the European Commission

 

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