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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 24602)  

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Title Seminars for the representatives of 50 NGOs on changes to Turkish prisons brought by European and international standards and the role of NGOs and civil society organisations 2 of 3 
Description 3 joint seminars of one day with the representatives of 50 NGOs to inform them about the changes to Turkish prisons brought by European and international standards and the role of NGOs and civil society organisations, involving the participation of the long term expert and the national project expert 
Status Completed 
Date 04/05/2011 
Location Izmir, Turkey
Countries CoE Members: Turkey
  Joint Programme Activity - Turkey- Pris.reform
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Turkey- Pris.reform - Dissemination of Model Prison Practices and Promotion of Prison reform in Turkey    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2009/DG I/JP/1790   Dissemination of Model Prison Practices and Promotion of Prison Reform in Turkey
Expected Result 1.5 - Prison Reform promoted to public and civil society
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Rule of Law
Line of Action ⇒ II.1 – Ensuring Justice
Programme ☆ II.1.2  Prisons and Police

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Seminar 
Directorate Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law 
CoE Contact RAKUSIC-HADZIC, Tanja   email
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Output/Results The seminars were well received by the representatives of the NGOs as a fruitful initiative that could help systematisation of NGO-DGPDH cooperation in the penitentiary field. The NGO representatives emphasised that there had not been a coherent approach by the DGPDH toward the NGOs until now because the level of NGOs’ cooperation with the DGPDH depended much on the individual good will of those in charge on behalf of the DGPDH. Therefore the effort to draft a strategy paper that would ultimately and officially be adopted and coherently implemented by the DGPDH was pointed out as an excellent idea to remedy these inconsistencies emanating from individual differences of approach by the DGPDH officials. Therefore, the project’s objective to develop an NGO strategy in the form of a strategy paper to be adopted and implemented by the DGPDH earned support from the NGOs.

Secondly, the critical approach of both the NGOs and the DGPDH toward themselves helped building up of a very positive atmosphere throughout the three seminars. Despite the fact that civil-society-public sector relations had been very delicate in Turkey, the discussions carried out during the seminars were of constructive and encouraging nature. This overall positive atmosphere gave hope to prospects for enhanced cooperation between the NGOs and the DGPDH to be based on an NGO strategy to be well received by both parties.

Thirdly, the presentations by the CoE experts on the modes of cooperation between the public sector and the NGOs, on examples of cooperation from European countries and on how to raise the level of cooperation between the two sectors were well received by the participants as valuable theoretical and practical supplements to the ongoing efforts to develop and NGO strategy. A widespread opinion shared by many participants of the seminars was that in Turkey, NGO-public sector cooperation was in the preliminary stages of the so-called “cooperation ladder”. As the CoE STCs explained, “dialogue between the NGOs and the public sector” was the first step toward an enhanced cooperation, whereas “partnership between the two sectors” was the ultimate ideal phase of a full cooperation. Participants acknowledged that there was a long road ahead toward securing a “partnership” between the two sectors and the strategy paper should be designed in a way to help achieving this ideal level.

Fourthly, the DGPDH and the NGO representatives acknowledged that the level of concrete, project based initiatives by the NGOs to increase level of cooperation with the DGPDH had been low till then. In this regard, the DGPDH representatives declared that they would welcome such initiatives.
Finally, all participants agreed that the draft NGO strategy paper, which would be prepared by the CoE STCs, should be communicated to the NGOs – to even those not present in any of the meetings – to ensure the widest possible local ownership of such an output of the project. The CoE representatives confirmed that the draft text would be communicated to the DGPDH and to the widest possible number of NGOs.
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CoE Secretariat  
Total No. Participants 14 
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