VISITING PROGRAM: Fighting Human Rights Violations
Considering current political circumstances, human rights activists in Turkey have to know and understand the protection mechanisms for the human rights given by the European Convention on Human Rights and by the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Also, as a founding member of the Council of Europe and an applicant to EU Membership, Turkey is supposed to implement the CoE human rights mechanisms fully and to respect EU regulations likewise. By knowing those facts, on 22-27 April 2018, the European Liberal Forum (ELF) with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Turkey Office organized a visiting program, titled “Fighting Human Rights Violations” in Strasbourg and Brussels.
The experts from different backgrounds and sectors like civil society, academia and media came together for the visiting program and had the opportunity to exchange information with their counterparts such as human rights lawyers, activists and officials from several institutions, namely ALDE Group in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe , PACE Committee on the Honoring of Obligations and Commitments by the Member States of the Council of Europe, Venice Commission, Office of the Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Platform for the Protection of Journalism and Safety of Journalists, European Commission, European Parliament, Amnesty International, European External Action Service, Human Rights Watch etc…
Also on 25th April, a public event was organized by European Liberal Forum (ELF) together with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Turkey and Brussels Offices titled “Fighting Human Rights Violations in Turkey.” The human rights violations cases were discussed with the participants at the public event by the moderation of Jenny Vanderlinden, Turkey Coordinator of Amnesty International.
With this program, the participants got a chance to improve their competence in making use of existing human rights mechanism, and they got the opportunity to report on their human rights activism and specific cases regarding human rights violations on the ground to an international/European audience.