A project to enable the transition to civilian and democratic oversight of internal security forces was officially launched on 28 November. The € 5.4 million initiative, based on good governance principles and a human-centered understanding of security and public safety in law enforcement bodies, is fully funded by the EU. The event was attended by Mr. Muhterem İnce, Deputy Minister of Interior, Mr Selami Altinok, Member of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and Mr André Lys, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Turkey. The 24-month project will be implemented by UNDP.
The first phase of the project (2008-2010) focused on promoting the civilian and democratic oversight concept as well as the rights of civilian authorities for the oversight of the internal security sector, which has been used broadly by the District Governors and Governors all around Turkey. It also established pilot Local Prevention and Security Boards in pilot provinces/districts (Niğde, Erzurum, Eyüp and Kadıköy).
The second phase (2012-2014) expanded the previous experience with Local Prevention and Security Boards raising their number to 9 ((Eyüp, Kadıköy, Üsküdar, Fatih, Çeşme, Yeşilyurt, Hekimhan, Vakfikebir, Şahinbey). It also focused on developing the draft law necessary for their legal establishment and analysed the needs and gaps in parliamentary oversight.
This is the third phase of the project. It will build on previous achievements continuing to expand the number of Local Prevention and Security Boards (additional ten to be established). It will develop a 5-year strategy for the oversight of security forces and a strategy for an effective and fully-functioning Parliamentary oversight. It will work on legislative improvements, deliver trainings to 500 professionals and raise awareness of public and media on civilian and democratic oversight.
On the occasion of this event, the Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Christian Berger said: "Effective civilian oversight of law enforcement and other security forces is an essential component of democratic societies. It is a key issue for any country candidate for EU membership; it shows commitment to the rule of law, democracy and the respect of human rights".
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