EU Supports Prevention of ECHR Violations and Protection of Human Rights

EU Supports Prevention of ECHR Violations and Protection of Human Rights

Thu, 03.10.2019 - 07:47


A European Union-funded project which contributes to the improvement of the criminal justice system in Turkey linked with ECHR violations will be launched in Ankara on 3 October. The Minister of Justice Mr Abdülhamit Gül, the President of the Justice Academy Mr Muhittin Özdemir, the Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe Mr Christophe Poirel and the Head of the European Union Delegation to Turkey Ambassador Christian Berger will attend the event.


In recent years, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has found violations of the ECHR mostly in cases related to fairness of proceedings, right to fair trail and right to liberty and security. In many of the cases involving deprivation of liberty, the questions arose due to insufficient reasoning of the detention grounds or suspicions of the crime committed and/or unreasonable length of detention.


This EU project is designed first to identify the main challenges that the Turkish judiciary is facing in implementing the laws, strategies and action plans. One of the goals is to prevent violations of ECHR within the field of criminal law. Additionally, the project aims to develop training curricula on various human rights' issues, in particular on procedural safeguards in criminal matters, cybercrime and financing of terrorism.


Several tools are foreseen for judges and prosecutors such as face-to-face and online trainings, regional roundtable meetings, international workshops, study visits and placements at the ECtHR and judicial training institutions of EU Member States. The action will reach approximately 3.000 candidate and sitting judges and prosecutors during the implementation period.


The project also aims at supporting other stakeholders, including the Constitutional Court, the Court of Cassation, the Human Rights Department of the MoJ, the Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), the Anti-Smuggling and Counter-Organized Crime Department (KOM), the Counter-Terrorism Department (TEM), the Anti-Cybercrime Department, the Forensic Medicine Institution (FMI), the Gendarmerie and the Union of Turkish Bars Association. Within this framework, co-ordination meetings will be organised to enhance dialogue between the judiciary and these other stakeholders.


Last but not least, 5 open court day events will be organised to inform citizens about their rights in relation to the functioning of the criminal justice system.


The Council of Europe will implement the project with an EU contribution of €4.5 million,


Date/ Time:  3 October 2019, 09:00

Venue:           Sheraton Hotel, Ankara


For more information, please contact the Delegation:

Nur Önsoy, Tel: (+90 312) 459 87 00; E-mail:


For press enquiries please contact:

Miray Akdag, Press Officer for the Delegation of European Union to Turkey

Tel: 0312 4598700,