ETKİNİZ EU Programme aims to strengthen the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the protection and promotion of human rights[*] by improving their ability to monitor and advocate for compliance with international human rights standards. International Human Rights Normative Framework lays down obligations that states are bound to respect, protect and fulfil. This framework includes treaties (covenants, conventions, protocols) ratified within a system of intergovernmental/interstate organisations such as United Nations (UN) and Council of Europe (CoE), jurisprudence and general comments of treaty monitoring bodies, declarations and resolutions accepted within these intergovernmental systems, reports of experts from United Nations (UN) special procedures and Council of Europe (CoE) organs. (Please click here for a non-exhaustive list).
HRM should be considered as completely different from monitoring the impact or success of a project or a work. HRM sets out the extent to which existing legislation and practices are in accordance with international human rights standards and norms, and the steps to be taken to address the gaps and deficiencies. (Please click here for detailed list and explanatory note of international human rights framework relevant to Turkey)
Many different means and methods can be used for HRM. However, regardless of the method used, different principles such as independence, impartiality, inoffensiveness, trustworthiness and ensuring everyone’s safety should be adhered.
WHAT IS HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING?
Human Rights Monitoring comprises (1) gathering, (2) verifying and (3) using information on Human Rights for advocacy to improve the situation of human rights
Within the scope of the programme, we will provide support to CSOs that monitor compliance with international human rights standards in Turkey and carry out monitoring-based advocacy activities based on their needs and demands. ETKİNİZ, mainly aims to increase already existing expertise of CSOs. External expert support will also be available when this expertise is not available within the organisation.
[*] Human rights issues are constantly expanding and evolving. We share some example areas below, but we are welcome applications in areas not listed here: women’s rights, children’s rights, youth rights, rights of persons with disabilities, rights of minorities and ethnic groups, rights of lesbian-gay-bisexual-transsexual-intersex individuals, refugee-immigrant rights, rights of displaced persons, stateless persons, indigenous peoples ‘rights, elderly rights, workers’ rights, victim rights, environmental rights, protection of human rights defenders, prevention of discrimination, fair trial, economic and social cultural rights.