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Monitoring methodology and tools for Turkish Civil Monitoring Boards advanced

Ankara 06 June 2020
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Monitoring methodology and tools for Turkish Civil Monitoring Boards advanced

The Project “Enhancing the effectiveness of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMB) in line with the European standards” has continued the implementation of the project activities in line with the mitigation measures plan introduced due to the COVID-19 outbreak. In that manner, the Project advanced its work with respect to developing the CMBs’ monitoring tools and instruments, aiming at establishing a uniformed methodology and setting minimum standards encompassing all prison monitoring stages (preparation, conducting the visit, reporting and follow-up).

As a result, a total of four prison monitoring tools have been prepared by international consultants based on the assessment findings and the recommendations from the discussion papers developed under the previous activities. Namely, the draft checklist of issues to be examined by CMBs when visiting prisons, the CMB’s methodology on conducting prison visits and instructions on drafting an effective post-visit report were prepared, together with set of international standards pertinent to the CMBs mandate.

The draft tools were shared with the Working Group (WG) members composed of CMB members, enforcement judges, prosecutors, justice inspectors, prison controllers and the representatives of the National Prevention Mechanism and the Directorate General for Prisons and Detention Houses, and will be finalised during the upcoming WG meetings in light of their feedback.

The Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Civil Monitoring Boards in line with the European Standards” is funded by Sweden, Switzerland, the Republic of Turkey, the Human Rights Trust Fund and Canada.