On 27 and 28 February 2020 in Ankara meetings were held under the Joint Project between the Council of European and the European Union “Strengthening the Capacity of Bar Associations and Lawyers on European Human Rights Standards (SCoBAL)”: the 5th Management Meeting, the 4th Steering Committee Meeting and the 3rd Coordination Meeting.
The participants of the Management Meeting followed by the Steering Committee Meeting discussed the achievements of the Project’s implementation under the Project’s Expected Results:
- Strengthened capacity of the human rights centres of the bar associations through the establishment of model human rights centres in seven pilot provinces
- Enhanced knowledge and skills of the lawyers to apply European human rights standards
- Fostered communication and coordination between the human rights centres, the bar associations and the UTBA.
The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) together with the Project team of the Council of Europe, the CFCU, the EU Delegation to Turkey, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the representatives of the pilot bar associations considered the implemented activities within the last 6 months, which included the development of training materials on the ECHR for lawyers, placements of lawyers with the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, study visits, development of the specialised IT tool and the adaptation of distance-learning courses developed in the framework of the European Programme for Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals – HELP.
The 3rd Coordination Meeting brought together representatives of bar associations from seven pilot regions and the UTBA. The lawyers discussed the ways to reach the short-term targets under the Strategic Action Plan for the Development of Human Rights Centres for both the UTBA and the pilot bar associations. The items discussed included the budget and planning for human rights centres at the bar associations, their organisation and structure, their co-ordination with the UTBA and each other, human rights training for lawyers. Human Rights Centres are seen as the key instrument to promote the ECHR among lawyers in Turkey and boost the national implementation of the ECHR.