United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Human Rights Commission of Ukrainian Parliament organized the “International Conference on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations” in the Capital of Ukraine, Kiev on 21-22 October 2015. In addition to the participation of more than a hundred participants including human rights organizations’ directors, human rights experts and civil activists of over twenty countries to the Conference which was organized with the purpose of adopting a new declaration that included a call to strengthen the role of national human rights organizations in conflict and post-conflict situations, Second Chairman of National Human Rights Institution of Turkey, Aydın Bingöl, Member of Human Rights Board Levent Korkut, Institution Expert Muzaffer Şakar and Assistant Expert Ertuğrul Yazar have also attended.
Objectives of the Conference were
The Conference brought together from many different parts of the world for sharing experiences regarding the protection of human rights in situations of conflict and post-conflict. Initially, Representatives from national institutions of Ukraine, Northern Ireland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro and Colombia took floor and shared their experience in conflict situations. The Conference was followed by a panel in which rights of vulnerable (fragile) groups, victims, women and children and issues such as right to live, property rights which are also important in this process were discussed where Member of Human Rights Board Levent KORKUT was also took place as a speaker. Mr KORKUT gave a speech about the situation of vulnerable groups in conflict and post-conflict cases as well as National Human Rights Institutions’ role in reporting, statistics, campaigning and providing administrative recommendations for the government in such situations in addition to communication and protection of vulnerable groups’ rights.
Following the session on documenting human rights violation in conflict and post-conflict situations, representatives of national human rights institutions have gather to discuss the Kiev Declaration. “The Kiev Declaration on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations” which was also contributed by our Institution was finalized on the second day of the Conference and publicly announced.
On the second day of the Conference, challenges about the protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and achievements were discussed and followed by sessions on legal framework, permanent solutions for internally displaced persons, building reconciliation and peace.
The Conference in which experiences of national human rights institutions of countries where conflicting situations have arisen or continue as well as lessons and recommendations are drawn regarding the protection of human rights and in which particularly came “the Kiev Declaration on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations”, has been very fruitful for our Institution.
At the end of the Conference, the Kiev Declaration as provided below was adopted.
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