Within the context of the Supporting Human Rights Boards and Women’s Rights Project (INKAP), aiming at Members of Provincial Human Rights Boards, workshop and round table meetings were held on “evaluation about receiving and assessing the complaints on human rights violations and standards on international best practices” on 19-20 and 21-22 October in Ankara
On 19-20 October, Members of Provincial Human Rights Boards from Ankara, İzmir, Bursa, Kocaeli, Tekirdağ, Denizli, Gaziantep, Batman, Mardin, Samsun, Ordu, Elazığ, Balıkesir, Kırıkkale, Isparta, Van, Tunceli, Malatya, Hatay and Kars; and on 21-22 October, Members from İstanbul, Mersin, Eskişehir, Çanakkale, Aydın, Trabzon, Şanlıurfa, Diyarbakır, Sinop, Çorum, Zonguldak, Sivas, Kayseri, Kahramanmaraş, Konya, Erzurum, Ağrı, Adana and Erzincan have attended the group activities.
The same programme was followed for the both group activities and opening speeches were delivered by the Chairperson of the Human Rights Institution of Turkey. Dr. Hikmet Tülen. On the first day, İNKAP Team Leader Alessandro Simoni introduced the project and participants were informed about evaluation process of inquiring and examining the allegations of human rights violations and knowledge and experiences were shared on international best practices and standarts. A draft list of priorities regarding the improvement of the current system of receiving and assessing complaints and field studies was prepared and presented by group speakers in joint group session.
On the second day, group activities continued with case studies regarding human rights violations. During the parallel sessions, the participants discussed sample case studies on human rights violations and shared their reports via their spokesperson in joint group session.
Following the group activities the closing session was moderated by Mr Tülen. In this session, Mr Tülen informed participants about the proposed changes in the Law on Human Rights Institution of Turkey and restructuring process of local boards.In relation to this; comments, views and evaluation of the participants were received. The outputs of the two days’ work is expected to be utilized in restructuring, activities and preparation of relevant training materials of the Institution.
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