The Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT) as the supervisory mechanism of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT), with a delegation composed of four members have visited our Country on 6-9 October 2015 in order to conduct consultative interviews with the Human Rights Institution of Turkey(HRI of Turkey) as the National Prevention Mechanism within the scope of the mandate granted by articles 11 and 12 of OPCAT. The Delegation included SPT Members, Mari Amos (Head of Delegation), Hans-Jörg Viktor Bannwart, June Caridad Pagaduan Lopez and Aisha Shujune Muhammad accompanied by Jakob Schneider and Aminto Ossom from the SPT Secretariat.
Within the context of the visit, initially on the 7 October 2015, a meeting was held with the SPT Delegation and the [EY1] [EY2] about the challenges, working methods and visit methodologies of the Institution as the National Prevention Mechanism. Also, in the visits conducted by the Board Members and staff of the Human Rights Institution of Turkey within the context of OPCAT to the Sincan T type Penal Institution on 7 October 2015 and to the Repatriation Centre located within the premises of Ankara Provincial Police Headquarters and Detention Place of Counter Terrorism on 8 October 2015, SPT Delegation has attended as observer.
Within the scope of SPT Delegation’s visit to Turkey on 9 October 2015, an evaluation meeting was held with the SPT Delegation and HRI of Turkeyabout the observations during the visit. On behalf of the SPT Delegation, the Head of Delegation Mari Amos shared the observations regarding the functioning of the HRI of TurkeyNational Prevention Mechanism and presented recommendations on measures that need to be taken in order to strengthen the mechanism for the prevention of arrested individuals from torture and other cruel, inhuman and demeaning treatment as well as other needs of the mechanism.
Amos, while expressing that approval of OPCAT is a very important step towards prevention of torture and bad treatment and that the State is expected to establish its own National Prevention Mechanisms, emphasized that this mechanism needs to be in line with CAT, OPCAT, Paris Principles and other relevant international principles. Amos, while underlining that the Human Rights Institution of Turkey as the National Prevention Mechanism in preventing torture and bad treatment in Turkey, is one of the most important stakeholder, mentioned that for the Institution to be able to function as a National Prevention Mechanism and exit within the framework of OPCAT with all its obligations as a permanent institution, a comprehensive legal framework was needed and that visibility of the Institution before the public institutions, civil society institution as well as individuals who have been deprived of their freedom had to be high.
Amos also recommended that along with visiting activities, the Institution should embrace a balanced approach covering other proactive and preventive activities. The Delegation emphasized the importance of adhering more weight on preventive and training activities of the National Prevention Mechanism while also developing activity plans covering all these issues and undertaking these within the scope of articles 4 and 29 of the Optional Protocol.
Amos expressed that one of the main obstacles before the National Prevention Mechanism was constraints regarding financial situation and human resources and that this obstacle limited the countrywide geographical outreach of the Institution. While thanking HRI of Turkeyfor its hospitality and cooperation and expressing that the visit was beneficial and instructive for SPT as much as the Institution, the SPT Delegation stated that the overall objective was to continue sharing of information until the National Preventive Mechanism in Turkey becomes the best national prevention mechanism in the region.
[EY2]HRI of Turkey olarak kısaltma kullanılabilir.
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