TURKISH HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTION
LAW REVISION WORKSHOP
A workshop was organized on 17 March 2015 between 10.00 a.m. and 15.30 p.m. regarding the Draft Bill on the Amendment to the Law no 6332 on Turkish Human Rights Institution with the participation of the Deputy Prime Minister (H.E. Bülent Arınç), representatives of the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Foreign Affarirs, Ministry for EU Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Turkish Human Rights Foundation, Human Rights Association, Association for Human Rights and Solidarity for the Oppressed People, Human Rights Agenda Association, Human Rights Research Association, Amnesty International Turkey, Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, Human Rights Joint Platform, Civil Society in the Penal System Association, Association for Monitoring Gender Inequality and The Agenda is Children Association.
Three articles laid down in the Draft Bill that consisted of 19 articles were given priority in the negotiations. The proposed amendments to these articles are as follows:
1. The Procedure for the Selection of Members of the Human Rights Board: Pursuant to the current Law, 7 out of 11 members of the Human Rights Board are selected by the Council of Ministers. It is proposed in the Draft Bill that 4 of 7 members should be selected by the Council of Ministers while the remaining 3 members be selected by the Human Rights Board.
2. Independent Human Rights Rapporteur: Turkish Human Rights Institution was designated as the National Preventive Mechanism upon the Decree of the Council of Ministers numbered 2013/5711 and dated 09.12.2013 in order to visit the places of detention, report the results of such visits and provide advice to the relevant bodies pursuant to the “Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment” ratified by Turkey on 27 September 2011. On the other hand, the Institution is also entrusted with the duty and authority to review, investigate and decide on the applications regarding the human rights violations. Within this framework, “Independent Human Rights Rapporteur” who will play a role in the fulfilment of “visiting” and “investigation” tasks. Those persons who will be proposed by the experts and non-governmental organizations in the field of human rights shall be authorized as “Independent Human Rights Rapporteur” by the Institution and they shall fulfil their tasks of “visiting” and “investigation” after receiving the required training and according to the program to be determined by the Institution.
3. Human Rights Consultative Committees: As per the draft bill, Human Rights Consultative Committees shall be established at provincial level to discuss the human rights issues and exchange information and views about human rights. These committees shall consist of representatives of public bodies, professional organizations with public body status, non-governmental organizations as well as experts in the field of human rights. The Committees shall convene at least once a year when needed.
The justification of such amendments, their compliance with the objectives set, their benefits and gaps, potential issues to arise were negotiated by all participants in the workshop. The views, remarks and suggestions expressed by the participants were recorded by the representatives of the Institution. They will continue to work on the Draft Bill in the light of such remarks and suggestions.
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