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Preventing Torture in Central Asia and Turkey


Friday, July 16, 2010

Human rights activists will gather in Istanbul to discuss ways of better preventing acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment from taking place in Central Asia. The event, which is titled 'Justice in Central Asia: Torture and CID', is being hosted in the city on 20-21 July 2010 by the Open Society Foundations in collaboration with the Open Society's Justice Initiative.

 

Date: 20-21 July 2010
Place: Istanbul, Turkey
Purpose: To examine ways of preventing torture and other forms of ill-treatment in Central Asia.
Activities: Human rights activists will gather in Istanbul to discuss ways of better preventing acts of torture and other forms of ill-treatment from taking place in Central Asia. The event, which is titled 'Justice in Central Asia: Torture and CID', is being hosted in the city on 20-21 July 2010 by the Open Society Foundations in collaboration with the Open Society's Justice Initiative. The meeting will bring together key partners and Open Society Foundation staff for the purpose of sharing information and good torture prevention practices with a view to devising future strategies to prevent torture and other forms of till-treatment. The APT, which in recent years has been actively working in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, has also been invited to participate in this important exchange.
Expected Outcome: The first day of the event will examine various issues including the effectiveness of litigation and non-legal advocacy strategies as well as the role of independent monitoring of places of detention under the OPCAT to prevent acts of abuse. The experience of Turkey and the measures which have been taken there to prevent torture will also be a focus of the day’s discussions, during which Turkish human rights activists will recount their activities and strategies in this regard. The best practices identified during the first day will then feed into a more detailed discussion on country specific strategies on day two.  

The APT will also use its presence in the country to meet local partners in Istanbul and Ankara in order to discuss on-going torture prevention activities. In particular, the APT will examine possible follow-up to its current European Commission supported project on the implementation of the OPCAT in Turkey.
Contact Person: Matthew Pringle, APT Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer
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