UN Human Rights Council

The UN Human Rights Council in a barrage of criticism in Turkey

United by Turkey tabled last five years of the human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council member states, outlined the recommendations to Turkey. human rights practices in Turkey in recent years was hit from place to place. Turkey’s human rights record in the past five years, in Geneva, Switzerland, the United Nations Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Mechanism (UPR) within the scope of today tabled. human rights violations in Turkey and complaints of civil society organizations was discussed. Turkey has harshly criticized at the meeting.

Harsh Criticism to Turkey

Today’s meeting in Geneva for the third time in examined the current situation in Turkey. Except Qatar, Yemen, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, almost all countries sharply criticized Turkey.133 countries in these areas, Turkey urged to respect freedom of thought and expression. The United Nations Human Rights Council members at the meeting countries that met earlier UN report prepared by the various bodies related to Turkey and again earlier Periodic Review conducted during the study period recommendations reports were read.

Under the chairmanship of Deputy Foreign Minister and EU President Faruk Kaymakcı, the UN delegation of the members of the UN Human Rights Council gave plenty of advice to the Turkish delegation. At the meeting, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, discussed three reports prepared by different NGOs and Turkey. The Council, in the final report which will be released on Thursday to make recommendations to Turkey towards improving human rights. The United Nations, the UPR report on Turkey was published in 2010 and 2015.

Torture and Civil Deaths were Discussed

In its report on the agenda of the United Nations, the Council had taken note of the increase in incidents of torture that took place since 2016, especially in Turkey. The report stated that the pressure on judicial members, academics, journalists and political opposition has increased.

 “TAKING-OVER APPLICATION IS A HUMAN RIGHT VIOLATION”

In the report, which stated that 177 media outlets were closed and nearly 10 thousand people working in various units of media outlets were fired, it was pointed out that journalists performing their profession were tried under the ‘anti-terrorism laws’. The report recorded that Anti-Terrorism laws became a means of silencing the opposition, and it was also reminded that applying trustees to elected municipalities is a human rights violation.

 “TEN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE DISCONNECTED”

Attention to the field of work life was drawn to reports on violations in Turkey, especially the emphasis was fired on thousands of people since 2016. Health, education, was noted in the report of Turkey’s responsibilities regarding their social security rights, Turkey has stated that many international violated international law.

KAYMAKÇI: “TURKEY HAS PRESS FREEDOM”

Turkey’s delegation, who spoke on behalf of the Deputy Foreign Minister and Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı, at human rights claims Turkey signed a very important study.

FREEDOM OF PRESS AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

Governments’ spokesmen taking the word, including the US and EU member countries, a large part of the press and expression in Turkey urged to respect about freedom. The people’s votes with elected people’s dismissal and termination of the arrest of calling for government spokespeople, many human rights defenders in Turkey, opposition political party representatives and members of the oppression of academics and minorities, were arrested and it was said that they should stop detentions. Almost all member states were also critical of Turkey on child marriage and womens rights violation.

 “ZERO TOLERANCE COMMITMENT TO THE TORTURE CONTINUES”

Speaking, Ambassador Faruk Kaymakcı also includes some of the recommendations regarding the “newly released judicial reform package” to fight terrorism obligations. Freedom of expression is an absolute right for us. Tell me it is not freedom of expression in Turkey is the propaganda of the terrorist organization. Independent courts decide on the merits of each case. ” ‘Turkey continues its commitment to zero tolerance for torture’ said Kaymakçı. Turkish envoy said that Turkey continued commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.

“DISMISSAL OF MEMBERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY IS LEGAL”

Ambassador Kaymakcı described the removal of some elected mayors in accordance with the constitution. The Turkish envoy called on representatives of the countries, who spoke about some recommendations, not to exploit the podium ‘for the interests of their country’.

Kaymakçı denied the allegations of “arrest / detention without being contacted by anyone in the cell”.

“MEMBERS OF THE MUNICIPALITY IS LEGAL”

Ambassador Kaymakcı described the dismissal of some elected mayors in accordance with the constitution.

The Turkish envoy called on representatives of the countries, who spoke about some recommendations, not to exploit the podium ‘for the interests of their country’. Kaymakçı denied the allegations of “arrest / detention without being contacted by anyone in the cell”.

  • RECOMMENDATIONS OF MEMBER COUNTRIES
  • • Brazil: Effective investigations must be made into cases of enforced disappearance (abduction).
  • Czech Republic: ECtHR judgments should be implemented in the judiciary.
  •  Denmark: Anti-terrorism law should be brought to international standards.
  •  • Egypt: Torture and ill-treatment in custody should be avoided.
  • • France: Anti-terrorism law should be brought to international standards.
  • • Germany: Turkey should repeal all legal provisions hindering its judicial independence.
  •  • Greece: ECtHR judgments should be implemented, the Ecumenical Patriarchate should be recognized and the rights of the Greek minority in the country should be protected.
  •  • Iceland: Human rights activists should be enabled to work without fear of being attacked or persecuted.
  • • Iraq: Enforced disappearances should be prevented and respect the borders and sovereign rights of neighboring countries.
  •  • Italy: Arbitrary detentions should be ended and judicial independence should be strengthened.
  • • Mexico: Freedom of assembly and association and freedom of expression should be protected.
  • • Luxembourg: Osman Kavala, who has been detained since November 2017, must be released. • Netherlands: The separation of powers should be strengthened and the penal code should be amended.
  • • Sweden: The Turkish Criminal Code should be reformed to include anti-terrorism laws, and elected presidents arrested as ‘arbitrary’ should be released.
  • • Switzerland: Judicial reform should be used effectively to strengthen freedom of expression, detention conditions should be improved, monitoring detention centers to prevent torture.
  • • United Kingdom: Freedom of expression should be strengthened by making arrangements for insult. • US: should reorganize the anti-terrorism laws in Turkey should cease arbitrary arrests of journalists.

Weak report card from UN Geneva to Turkey

The attitude of the Turkish delegation to the presentations and evaluations was also criticized by the press release of the ‘Human Rights Defenders (HRD)’ organization.

Click here for the press release.

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