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Launching of a new online course for lawyers in Turkey

Ankara 31 March 2021
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Launching of a new online course for lawyers in Turkey

A new HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals) course on trafficking in human beings was launched on 29 March 2021, in co-operation with the Istanbul Bar Association.

It aims at equipping the lawyers with the knowledge about the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings and its victim-centred approach - important for the work of lawyers with victims of trafficking, and with a view of facilitating the victims’ access to justice and remedies, including to compensation.

Mr. Mehmet Durakoğlu, the President of the Istanbul Bar Association, recognised the importance of continued training for lawyers to ensure effective protection of victims of trafficking, in particular in face of challenges posed by the current migration crisis. Mrs Petya Nestorova, the Executive Secretary of the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings, underlined the importance of structured and multi-stakeholder cooperation, including with the civil society, for protecting vulnerable victims and restoring their human rights. Mr Kresimir Kamber, Lawyer in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights (EChR), recalled that trafficking in human beings is prohibited under the EChR case law, which should serve as an important tool for the improvement of implementation of the Council of Europe standards within the national systems, including with regard to the victims’ protection and assistance .

The HELP course will combine theory and practice through practical case studies aiming to increase the impact of the course on the learning experience of lawyers.

The course is conducted within the framework of the action “Strengthening the rights of migrants and victims of human trafficking in Turkey”, as a part of the joint Council of Europe and European Union programme “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey 2019-2022”.