The Human Rights Defenders Certificate Programme has been completed with a ceremony held in Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences. Thirty five participants received their certificates after enrolling a ten days programme organised jointly by Human Rights Joint Platform and Ankara University Faculty of Political Sciences Human Rights Centre between 27 August and 4 September 2007.
The programme is aimed to contribute raising awareness in human rights and democratisation issues in Turkey, a mutual information and experience flow, and monitoring problems and developments in the field. The programme was developed to target the participants to have a broader view and knowledge on implementations.
The grave abuses of human rights in Turkey forced the human rights defenders to intensively work in the field and avoided them to get related with the other actors in the field, primarily with the academia. This certificate programme paved the way to empower such relations among actors in the field.
Participants who work in the field had the chance to meet and discuss with academics and experts about theories and implementations in different areas of human rights. Moreover, the participants who represented more than ten organisations and four teen cities around Turkey contributed in development of mutual relations among the organisations in the field.
The Course Programme
27 August, Monday
Basic Concepts of Human Rights / Ali Rýza Çoban (Kýrýkkale University, Faculty of Law)
The State and Its Human Rights Structure / Kerem Altýparmak (Ankara University Human Rights Center)
28 August, Tuesday
Legal Guarantees of the Rights / Onur Karahanoðullarý ( Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences)
Women’s Human Rights / Aksu Bora (Ankara University, Women's Studies Centre)
29 August, Wednesday
Minorities and Identity / Elçin Aktoprak (Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences)
Restraints of Human Rights / Aykut Çelebi (Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences)
30 August, Thursday
Monitoring of Detention Centres / Utku Kýlýnç (Lawyer)
Right to Life and Physical Integrity / Nalan Erkem (Human Rights Agenda Association)
31 August, Friday
Monitoring Human Rights Violations and Action / Feray Salman (General Coordinator, IHOP)
Reporting Techniques (Examples on Freedom of Expression, Religion and Conscience) / Osman Can (Rapporteur, Constitutional Court)
1 September, Saturday
Strategic Thinking in Rights Advocacy / Emel Kurma ( Executive Coordinator, Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly)
Media Policies / Gülseren Adaklý (Ankara University, Faculty of Communications)
Poverty and Other Violations of Social Rights / Metin Özuðurlu (Ankara University, Faculty of Political Sciences)
3 September, Monday
Human Rights and Nationalism / Tanýl Bora (Researcher, Writer)
Discrimination / Melek Göregenli (Ege University, Faculty of Letters)
4 September, Tuesday
International Protection of Human Rights / Gökçen Alpkaya (Ankara University, Human Rights Centre)
International Court Cases / Kerem Altýparmak (Ankara University Human Rights Centre)
Negotiation Practices with Public Authorities / Levent Korkut (Chair, Amnesty International Turkey)