“International Conference on Best Practices and Lessons Learned” ” was held on 12-13 June 2015 in Istanbul.
“International Conference on Best Practices and Lessond Learned ”, organised by the Human Rights Institution of Turkey, was held on 12-13 June 2015 in Istanbul.
The Conference was realised with a high level of participation by representatives from public agencies and institutions, non-governmental organisations, international bodies and National Human Rights Institutions of invited countries.
The opening speeches for the Conference were delivered by Dr. Hikmet Tülen, President of the Human Rights Institution of Turkey; Günal Kurşun, Term Spokesperson of Human Rights Joint Platform; Afarin Shahidzadeh, Deputy Chief of the National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section, OHCHR; and Bülent Arınç, Deputy Prime Minister.
The opening speeches were followed by the panels.
The first session was moderated by Turgut Tarhanlı, a Member of Faculty from Bilgi University, with the theme of "National Human Rights Institutions in the Light of Paris Principles (Duties, Authorities and Organisation)”. In the context of this session, presentations relevant to the theme were delivered by Carmen Comas Mata Mira, Head of Cabinet of the Spanish Ombudsman; Melanie Field, Head of Corporate Affairs of UK Equality and Human Rights Commission; and Abdurrahman Eren, Board Member from the Human Rights Institution of Turkey.
The second session was moderated by Feray Salman, Representative of the Human Rights Joint Platform (IHOP), with the theme of “Relations between National Institutions and Non-Governmental Organisations, Governmental Institutions and International Bodies (Cooperation, Coordination, and UPR)”. The presentations for this session were delivered by Shri Cyriac Joseph, Acting Chairperson of Indian National Human Rights Commission; Kagwiria Mbogori, Chairman of the Kenyan National Human Rights Commission; and Mohamed Essabbar, Secretary-General of the Moroccan Human Rights Council.
The third session of 13th June entitled “Different Models for National Prevention Mechanisms and the Role of Human Rights Institutions in the Context of OPCAT”was moderated by Ville Forsman, Programme Manager from Raul Wallenberg Institute. The speakers of this session included Janet Anderson, Legal Manager of New Zealand Human Rights Commission; Ben Buckland, Advisor to National Human Rights Institutions under the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT); Christina Hof, Expert from German National Agency for the Prevention of Torture; and Marcin Kusy, Expert from the Polish Ombudsman.
The Fourth Session entitled “The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Polarised Societies” was moderated by Levent Korkut, a Member of the National Human Rights Institution of Turkey, and was realised with the speeches delivered by John Corey, Member of the Human Rights Commission of Northern Ireland; Siobhan Mullally, Member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality; and Homero Matthew P. Rusiana, Office Director for Field Work under the Human Rights Commission of the Philippines.
The afternoon session of the second day was organised as a closed session attended by representatives of national human rights institutions or national prevention mechanisms of the Philippines, Kenya, Morocco, Northern Ireland, Poland, Germany and New Zealand; APT Advisor; Deputy Head of National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms under UN Human Rights Commissioner; and President, Deputy President, Board Members, experts and assistant experts of the Human Rights Institutions of Turkey. In this session, the participants exchanged opinions regarding the relationships between national human rights institutions and judicial bodies and other governmental organisations; the role of national institutions in the preparation of reports on the monitoring of the implementation of international conventions and in the universal periodic review process; the criteria to be taken into consideration in the identification of priorities for the discharge of duties entrusted to national institutions; improvement of the visibility and credibility of institutions; and problems encountered by the institutions and suggestions for their solutions.
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