Turkish parliamentary committee approves human rights watchdog

The Ankara-based public institution will have autonomy.

Turkish parliamentary committee approves human rights watchdog

A Turkish parliamentary committee approved on Thursday a draft law that allows establishment of the Human Rights Institution of Turkey, country's official human rights watchdog.

The draft law passed by the committee on constitution authorizes the institution to work to protect and improve human rights, prevent violations, investigate and research on complaints and applications, and to carry out studies to follow advances in human rights.

The Ankara-based public institution will have autonomy. The 11-member Human Rights Council of Turkey will be the decision-making body of the institution. Council members will be elected by the Council of Ministers for four years from non-governmental organizations working on human rights, unions, social and professional organizations, philosophers, universities, lawyers, doctors, and journalists.

The Human Rights Council will monitor implementation of international human rights agreements signed by Turkey. It will prepare annual reports on problems and advances in human rights, and on performances of governmental organizations on the matter. It will also release special reports on human rights, if necessary.

Every person, claiming that s/he is subject to human rights violations, will be free to apply to the institution.


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