European commissioner to discuss human rights situation in Turkey

Politics Materials 25 June 2009 18:49 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, June 25 / Trend , E. Ostapenko/ The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg will discuss human rights' situation of asylum-seekers and minorities in Turkey, the Council of Europe press release said.

"The aim of the visit is to gain first hand information on the human rights' situation of asylum-seekers and minorities and to discuss other major human rights issues with the Turkish authorities, continuing and enhancing the constant dialogue with my Office," said the Commissioner.

Council of Europe Commissioner will start a six day visit to Istanbul, Izmir and Ankara on June 28.

The Council of Europe expressed its deep concern over the impunity of perpetrators of human rights in the Kurdish regions of Turkey. "There is a need for more decisive struggle against crimes such as torture, beatings and kidnappings," said the draft resolution by the Parliamentary Assembly adopted in Strasburg.

During the visit the Commissioner intends to meet with high level state authorities including the President of the Republic and the Minister of Justice, as well as with members of the Turkish delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Chair of the Human Rights Inquiry Commission of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey.

Meetings are expected to be held by religious leaders, representative of civil society, experts and international organizations. The agenda also includes visits to jails.

The report on results of the visit will be released later this year.

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