Turkey has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee. According to this, between the dates 25-27 April UN Committee Against Torture is going to review Turkey. The Committee will also hear NGO representetives. NGOs who presented their alternative reports on Turkey are Human Rights Foundation of Turkey (HRFT), Human Rights Association (İHD), Human Rights Watch (HRW), Ankara Bar Association, Global Detention Project (GDP) and London Legal Group (LLG). HRFT, İHD and HRW will also be present during the sessions in Geneva.
The sessions from 10:00 – 13:00 (11:00 – 14:00 in Ankara) on 26 April and 15:00 – 18:00 (16:00 – 19:00) on 27 April will be webcast at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.
You can download the Alternative Report of HRFT through this link.
For further information please visit official website and read the announcement of UNCAT:
GENEVA (19 April 2016) – The UN Committee against Torture is due to review Turkey on 26 and 27 April. Turkey has ratified the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and so is required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee.
Among the possible issues for discussion between CAT members and a delegation from the Turkish State are:
· Measures to prevent and prosecute torture and ill-treatment by public officials;
· Allegations of excessive use of force by police against demonstrators and ill-treatment in detention;
· Steps to ensure all detainees are promptly registered, given access to a lawyer and an independent medical doctor;
· Massive counter-terrorism operations and alleged ill-treatment of detainees while responding to security threats in the south-eastern part of the country;
· Independence of the judiciary;
· Investigation of all outstanding cases of alleged disappearances, including from 1974 conflict in Cyprus;
· Return of asylum-seekers and non-refoulement;
· Violence against women, including domestic violence and so-called “honour killings”;
· Protection of human rights defenders from, intimidation and violence; reports of harassment, arrest and imprisonment of journalists.
More information, including Turkey’s submitted written report, at: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1011&Lang=en
The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 13 May.