UPR to contribute to Turkey’s efforts to improve rights
by Ali Ünal
GENEVAJan 30, 2015 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Ali Ünal
Jan 30, 2015 12:00 am
The periodic review of Turkey's human rights track record, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which is carried out by the U.N. Human Rights Council ended on Thursday in Geneva.
Speaking at the closing session of the review, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç, who is in charge of human rights issues in the government, said: "The recommendations given to us in a spirit of constructive cooperation during the second round of the review will be evaluated with great diligence." The review of Turkey was held on Tuesday and 122 countries addressed 278 recommendation. The Turkish delegation led by Arınç accepted 199 of the recommendation, 52 others will be reviewed in five months and rejected the remaining 27. "The recommendations will contribute to our ongoing efforts to improve human rights," Arınç added in his closing remarks of the UPR, which took place at the U.N. office in Geneva.
Evaluating the review process exclusively with Daily Sabah, Arınç stressed that the evaluation process has gone smoothly and was completed with great success. "I can confidently say that this review summit has been an honorable opportunity for us. As a result, we have accepted 199 of the questions and/or recommendations out of 278, as we are already working and applying them. Those who had introduced those recommendations and questions are either unaware of the current progress or just found the opportunity to address them. Also, we have said that for the remaining 52 recommendations and/or questions we will inform the UPR working group of our decision after five months of review. For the other 27, we have firmly stated that we do not accept them," he said.
"As you may know, this process has been transparent. Those who were following this on the Internet were able to contribute interactively this way. All documents will also be published as a single document. Despite some of the countries making accusatory comments, the majority of the comments on Turkey were appreciative, encouraging and helpful. When these are presented to the public, it is evident that Turkey surely is a country that is appreciated throughout the world," he said.
The UPR was created in 2007 and has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 U.N. member states. The first review of Turkey's record by the UPR was conducted in May 2010 with a delegation headed by then deputy prime minister and current speaker of Parliament, Cemil Çiçek.