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    Human Rights Board Resign

    Hürriyet Haber
    08.02.2005 - 10:23 | Son Güncelleme:

    The Prime Ministerial Human Rights Advisory Board were notified that their mandate was to finish up sooner than expected. After receiving the letter, which stated the board was to finish on 5 February 2006, the fourteen board members resigned.

    The board’s President Pro. Ibrahim kaboglu said, “We wrote a report and then heard curses. We have been fired not because we neglected our duty, but because we fulfilled it.” Kaboglu then added that he has filed a law suit against 'their removal'.

    “The Board was established on 26 February 2003. We rejected the March troops permit and set up 13 working units about rights and freedoms. The board became a human rights assembly and issued a report on 8 October 2003 to prevent torture and bad treatment."

    “New members were appointed to the board in September without us being informed. These uninformed appointments surfaced disturbances in the board. Then the Prime Ministerial Deputy Under Secretary (PMDUS) took action in February 2004, and stopped our meetings which were held regularly at the annex of the State Mansion, home to the Prime Minister.”

    Kaboglu said that they would also petition to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if domestic-legal means are exhausted. “We proposed in our report; the received reaction from the legislation questioned by the judiciary, and dispersed by the execution.” Kaboglu added that reforms in Turkey were only made to satisfy Europe but that these reforms have not properly been adopted yet.

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