The Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) have been actively involved in the external monitoring of the penitentiary system in the Republic of Türkiye through conducting on-site visits since 2001. The main task of CMBs is to conduct civil monitoring visits to the prisons and produce reports with binding recommendations for the Ministry of Justice. The deficiency of standards within the monitoring process, as well as the inadequate capacities and lack of training opportunities for the members, remained at unsatisfactory level for a long period of time.

The current “learning by doing” system should be replaced by an institutionalized training system. Therefore, there is an urgent need to work on the capacity building of the CMBs, as well as on increasing the quality of the whole process of the selection and training of its members in order to reach the European standards. Only a well-functioning external monitoring mechanism will contribute to a better penal system by decreasing the human rights breaches.

The Project is divided in 4 components:

  • Strengthening CMBs independence through revision of the applicable legal and regulatory framework in line with the international standards;
  • Enhancing CMBs efficiency by further developing their monitoring standards and working methodology and tools;
  • Ensuring sustainable training provision for the CMB members; and
  • Improving CMBs internal coordination and communication with other external monitoring mechanisms.

This Project is currently estimated to cover approximately 100 activities to be implemented by 31 May 2022, with an overall budget of 1,600,000 Euros.

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Closing conference of the project on Enhancing the effectiveness of civil monitoring boards in line with European standards in Türkiye

29 November 2022 ANKARA, TÜRKIYE

Substantial progress has been made in enhancing the capacities of the national prison monitoring mechanisms in Türkiye, significantly contributing to ensuring sustainable and continuous prevention of ill-treatment in places of deprivation of liberty, concluded the participants at the closing...

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Cascade training sessions for civil monitoring boards in Türkiye finalised

04 November 2022 Türkiye

A total of 106 civil monitoring board (CMB) members coming from 62 different CMBs throughout Türkiye have benefitted from four cascade training sessions on prison monitoring, after the Training of Trainers that was organised in İstanbul earlier this year. All phases of preparing and conducting...

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National Preventive Mechanism staff in Türkiye trained on prison monitoring

14 October 2022 Turkey

A total of 20 staff and experts of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) have benefitted from attending cascade training session on prison monitoring, which took place on 14 October 2022 in Ankara. As the 2022 EU Country Report for Türkiye highlighted the new dynamics in the NPM in tackling...

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Slovenia hosted prison monitors from Türkiye, discussing good practices in prison monitoring

20 September 2022 Türkiye

A study visit to Slovenia, which took place on 13-15 September 2022, was an excellent forum in which a delegation from Turkiye, that consist of prison monitors, including civil monitoring boards members, public prosecutor, justice inspector, prison controllers, and Directorate General for Prison...

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The main findings from the pilot prison monitoring visits and the finalised prison monitoring toolkit presented to stakeholders in Türkiye

01 July 2022 Türkiye

Following the development of the new prison monitoring toolkit, five on-site coaching sessions for members of Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) were conducted successfully at Sincan, Antalya, İzmir, Rize and Diyarbakır prisons, with the participation of 48 CMB members. These sessions verified the...

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The capacities of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) in Turkey enhanced, concluded at the project’s sixth Steering Committee Meeting

12 April 2022 Ankara, Turkey

The results achieved over the period from October 2021 to April 2022, were presented at the sixth Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the CMBs in line with the European Standards”, which took place in a hybrid format on 12 April 2022 in Ankara. Among the...

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Round table on normalisation plans in Turkish prisons after the Covid-19 pandemic

01 March 2022 Turkey

The co-operation and coordination between all the mechanisms conducting monitoring visits and inspections to prisons in Turkey further improved following a round table meeting that took place on 01 March 2022. As a result from the active contributions by all stakeholders, several concrete...

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The piloting of the new prison monitoring toolkit further enhances CMB members’ skills

10 December 2021 Turkey

Following the development of the new prison monitoring toolkit earlier this year, the first three on-site coaching sessions for the members of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) were conducted successfully. These sessions, aiming at testing the applicability of the toolkit within prison context,...

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Finalisation of the Training Modules and materials for the prison monitors in Turkey

6 December 2021 Turkey

The final version of seven Training Modules and related training materials for the members of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) was prepared, following the Working Group (WG) meeting held from 30 November until 4 December 2021 in Izmir, Turkey. The WG members, composed of representatives of the...

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Second Annual Coordination Meeting of the Civil Monitoring Boards in Turkey

27 October 2021 Republic of Turkey

The Civil Monitoring Boards’ (CMBs) internal co-ordination and communication with external control mechanisms further improved following the second annual CMBs meeting, held on 21 and 22 October 2021 in Antalya. A total of 105 participants actively engaged in the discussion and benefited from the...

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5th Steering Committee Meeting under the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) Project in Turkey

8 October 2021 Turkey

The fifth Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the CMBs in line with the European Standards” took place in a hybrid format on 5 October 2021 in Ankara. The results achieved over the last 6-month period (April-September 2021) were presented, along with an...

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The piloting of the new prison monitoring toolkit rolls out in Turkey

28 September 2021 Turkey

Following the design of the new prison monitoring toolkit earlier this year, the first on-site coaching session was conducted successfully from 20 to 24 September 2021 in Sincan Prison near Ankara, for 12 members of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) from Ankara, Eskişehir and Nevşehir. This...

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The Civil Monitoring Boards’ visibility increased among prisoners and professional public

3 September 2021 Turkey

The Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of Civil Monitoring Boards (CMB) in line with the European standards” distributed leaflets aiming at informing prisoners, professionals and the general public on the role, mandate and responsibilities of the CMBs. A total of 57 000 leaflets were printed in...

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The prison monitoring toolkit presented to more than 350 CMBs members

13 July 2021 Turkey

A total of 375 representatives from different civil monitoring boards (CMB) have so far been familiarised with the new prison monitoring methodology, checklists, reporting template and have enhanced their understanding of the relevant international standards. Once put in practice, this toolkit...

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Development of a training methodology for prison monitors in Turkey

9 July 2021 Turkey

A working group (WG) composed of representatives of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs), Directorate General for Prisons and Detention Houses (DGPDH), academics from the selected universities, Ministry of Justice Inspection Board, National Preventive Mechanism and enforcement judge, provided input...

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CoE HELP Course on CPT Standards launched in Turkey

1st July 2021 Turkey

A group of 25 members of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMB) got acquainted with an online course on the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) standards. The course was prepared under the European Programme for Human...

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Initiating the development of training curricula and materials for prison monitors in Turkey

30 April 2021 Turkey

A working group (WG) composed of representatives of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs), Directorate General for Prisons and Detention Houses (DGPDH), academics from the selected universities, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Inspection Board, National Preventive Mechanism, enforcement judge and DGPDH...

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ENHANCED COOPERATION BETWEEN SELECTED UNIVERSITIES AND THE DIRECTORATE GENERAL FOR PRISONS AND DETENTION HOUSES ON TRAINING PROVISON FOR THE CIVIL MONITORING BOARDS

April 2021 Turkey

The aim of the project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Civil Monitoring Boards in line with the European Standards”, implemented by the Council of Europe in close cooperation with the civil monitoring boards (CMBs) for prisons and detention houses and the Directorate General of Prisons and...

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The prison monitoring toolkit presented to CMBs in Turkey

16 April 2021 Turkey

A total of 61 representatives of different civil monitoring boards (CMB) in Turkey provided their input to the draft prison monitoring toolkit through their participation and discussion at the first informative meeting on the new CMBs’ monitoring standards and tools. This meeting was organised...

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Fourth Steering Committee Meeting under the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) Project in Turkey

30 March 2021 Turkey

The fourth Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the CMBs in line with the European Standards” took place online on 30 March 2021. The results achieved over the last 6-month period (October 2020-March 2021) were presented, along with the project’s success...

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Draft amendments to the regulatory framework on civil monitoring boards presented to stakeholders in Turkey

25 February 2021 Turkey

A number of stakeholders provided their feedback to the draft amendments on the legislation regulating the work of the civil monitoring boards (CMBs) in an online Round Table (RT) held on 25 February 2021. The comprehensive proposal on amending the CMBs’ legislative framework will increase their...

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A prison monitoring toolkit presented to stakeholders in Turkey

04 February 2021 Turkey

A total of 47 participants provided their input to the draft prison monitoring toolkit through their participation and discussion at the online Round Table (RT) held on 4 February 2021. The RT participants were representatives of the civil monitoring boards (CMBs), civil society organisations...

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Presentation of the HELP course on CPT Standards to the experts involved in prison monitoring in Turkey

30 November - 1 December 2020

Academics from eight Universities throughout Turkey, lawyers, and representatives of Directorate General for Prison and Detention Houses participated in the on-line Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) methodology to be applied for the course on...

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The first draft of the prison monitoring toolkit in Turkey is finalised

17-18 November 2020 Turkey

The working group, composed of Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) members, Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Inspection Board, National Preventive Mechanism, enforcement judges, public prosecutors, MoJ Board of Controllers, coming from different regions of Turkey, met in Ankara on 17-18 November 2020, where...

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Round Table Meetings of the Civil Monitoring Boards in Turkey

22 October/12 November 2020 Turkey

The co-operation and coordination between all the mechanisms conducting monitoring visits and inspections to prisons in Turkey further improved following the first two round table meetings aiming to improve the quality of such visits. The fruitful and very topical discussions among different...

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Third Steering Committee Meeting under the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) Project in Turkey

30 September 2020 Turkey

The third Steering Committee (SC) meeting of the Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the CMBs in line with the European Standards” took place online on 30 September 2020. The meeting brought together 28 participants, including representatives from the Ministry of Justice’s Directorate General...

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Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan for the Civil Monitoring Boards Project in Turkey

July 2020 Ankara, Turkey

The Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMB) in line with the European standards” has developed a gender mainstreaming action plan with the aim to ensure a gender-sensitive perspective in the implementation of the project and the fundamental values and indicators...

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Awareness-raising tools for the Turkish Civil Monitoring Boards

June 2020 Ankara, Turkey

The Project “Enhancing the Effectiveness of 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...

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Monitoring methodology and tools for Turkish Civil Monitoring Boards advanced

April-May 2020 Turkey

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...

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Revision of the legislative framework regarding Civil Monitoring Boards in Turkey

5-6 February 2020 Ankara, Turkey

The first steps towards making the selection procedure of the Civil Monitoring Boards (CMBs) members more transparent and accessible, were taken at the first working group (WG) meeting on revision of the CMB regulatory framework, held on 5-6 February 2020. The participants considered the adoption...

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