Torture in Turkey to be discussed at Geneva panel

The implications of Turkey’s state of emergency relating to protection from torture will be discussed at a panel held at a Human Rights Council meeting on March 2nd.

The panel, arranged by the World Organization against Torture, and co-sponsored by the International Commission of Jurists will take place at the U.N.’s Palace of Nations in Geneva.

Panellists will include, Nils Meltzer, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture and Osman İşçi from the Human Rights Association in Turkey. The panel will consider the implications of Turkey’s state of emergency on the fight against torture and provide recommendations to ensure the emergency measures do not become permanent. Numerous claims of human rights abuses, including torture, have been made since a state of emergency was declared in Turkey following failed coup attempt in July 2016.