“We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place..
In recent years, Turkey has experienced a massive deterioration in the independence and impartiality of both the judiciary and the adherence to the rule of law. This decline began in 2014, when the Union in Judiciary Platform1, a group endorsed by the Turkish Government, won the election for the Turkish Council of Judges and Prosecutors…
International human rights standards are increasingly understood to require special and improved care for women prisoners with children. Pregnant women, women in the post-partum phase of childbirth, and crucially, newborns, require access to intensive and routine medical services and highest attainable prison standards. Imprisoned women with children face distinct challenges that other prisoners may not..
Turkey is a constitutional republic with an executive presidential system and a 600- seat parliament. The unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) observers expressed concern regarding restrictions on media reporting and the campaign environment that restricted the..
Thirty years ago today, the “Convention on the Rights of the Child” was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. We firmly believe that the family, as a basic unit of society and a natural environment, should be given the necessary protection and assistance as a basic unit of society and a natural environment for..
The Venice Commission issued Opinion No. 865/2016 on the Emergency Decree Laws No 667- 676 adopted Following the Failed Coup of 15 July 2016, to respond the circumstances within Turkey`s judiciary frame. The Opinion highlighted that the immediate reintroduction of full access to courts for all the dismissed public officials was not practicable and instead..
It is a compilation of information contained in reports of treaty bodies and special procedures and other relevant United Nations documents, presented in a summarized manner owing to word-limit constraints. The present report was prepared pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 5/1 and 16/21, taking into consideration the periodicity of the universal periodic review.