Turkey: Monitoring Places of Detention
In the largest and most representative event of its kind in Turkey, over 150 delegates met in Ankara, on 22-23 May, to discuss how Turkey could implement its obligations under the OPCAT. Two representatives of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention, Zdenek Hajek and Marija Definis-Gojanović, as well as the APT Secretary General, Mark Thomson, participated in the event organised by the European Commission.
|Date:||22-23 May 2008 |
|Place: ||Ankara, Turkey |
|Partners: ||European Commission's Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument |
|Purpose: ||To consider the implementation of the OPCAT in Turkey. |
In the largest and most representative event of its kind in Turkey, over 150 delegates met in Ankara to discuss how Turkey could implement its obligations under the OPCAT. The European Commission's Technical Assistance Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX) sponsored a two-day seminar on the subject on 22-23 May 2008. Various Turkish and international actors attended the seminar, including two representatives of the UN Subcommittee on Prevention, Zdenek Hajek and Marija Definis-Gojanović, as well as the APT Secretary General, Mark Thomson.
Since mid-2005 there have been several civil society inspired initiatives to discuss OPCAT implementation, most of which have been attended by the APT. However, this European Commission’s TAIEX-hosted event was the largest and highest profile of OPCAT related activities to date, drawing in government, civil society and international representatives alike.
The event provided invaluable technical assistance to Turkey, which is in the process of examining how it will implement the OPCAT. In addition to the international speakers, a range of civil society and government representatives attended the event. While certain actors believed that Turkey required a completely new monitoring mechanism for the purpose of the OPCAT, others were of the opinion that existing bodies could possibly be modified to function as the NPM. Several delegates also stressed that it was imperative that an inclusive national dialogue take place on this issue of Turkey's future visiting body.
The APT will continue to collaborate with national actors to ensure that an effective NPM is put in place in Turkey.
|Contact Person: ||Matthew Pringle, Europe & Central Asia Programme Officer |