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Martin Scheinin about the severe limitations the Anti-
Terror Law may put on the freedom of expression, association and assembly.“
12. The suggestion that “the provisions of the Anti-Terror Law may severely limit the exercise of
the freedom of expression, association and assembly” is groundless. (...) In other words, with the extension under exceptional
circumstances the total duration of remand cannot exceed 6 years. Therefore, the suggestion that
“the duration of detention on remand may reach ten years for terrorist crimes” is inaccurate and
reflects a misinterpretation of the provision.
(...) These acts, which were provacated by the terrorist organization
PKK/KADEK/KONGRA-GEL, did not constitute “riots” contrary to the suggestion in the report.
It is deplorable that the terrorist organization PKK/KADEK/KONGRA-GEL encouraged
deliberately the involvement and participation of children in these incidents, as a tactic, through
its provocation campaign.
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In response to one participant’s
suggestion that States could not be circumvented because they represented the people,
others pointed out that that view was State-centric in nature and would constrain the way in
which international solidarity should be discussed.
25. (...) There was also some
discussion as to whether the right existed. One suggestion was that focusing on a right to
international solidarity would give greater visibility to existing concepts, especially by
calling it international solidarity. (...) The view was expressed that the right could be defined as a right to policies being
adopted, or a “metaright”, which would be effected through impact assessments. Another
suggestion was to couch the definition in the language of the right of people to have States
act in solidarity to tackle common challenges.
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f Multilateral climate change funds listed in paragraph 17(b) of the UNFCCC biennial reporting guidelines for developed country
Parties in decision 2/CP.17.
g [Suggestion to provide contribution in the total Official Development Aid was made.]
(...) Description box:
Table 7(b) a
Provision of public financial support: Contribution through bilateral, regional and other channels for the year 20XX-3b
Total amount Statusc
supportc Sector, c,d
Water and sanitation
Abbreviations: ODA = official development assistance, OOF = other official flows.
a [Suggestion to separate table 7(b) into two tables, one for bilateral and one for regional and other channels, has been made.]
(...) d Parties may report sectoral disaggregation, as appropriate.
e [Suggestion has been made that Parties still need to discuss more detail for the reporting of project level.]
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It is stated in paragraph 24 of the report that “the judges serving at the Serious Felony Courts
(hereinafter referred to as “Heavy Penal Courts”) are not military judges anymore, however,
several of the Special Rapporteur’s interlocutors stressed that the same persons often remained
in office who had been judges at the State Security Courts”.
25. This suggestion raises doubts about the independence and impartiality of the newly
established special chambers of Heavy Penal Courts to examine crimes under Article 250 of the
Criminal Procedure Code. (...) Kalin and other stakeholders.
42. The suggestion in paragraph 39 that “the Turkish authorities view the population in
Makhmour Camp with suspicion of links to terrorist organization” does not reflect the reality.
43. (...) These experts, by nature
of their post, have no connection with or involvement in counter-terrorism measures. Therefore,
the suggestion that “members of the Commissions may have been involved in the acts for which
compensation is awarded” is totally groundless and unacceptable.
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Participants also discussed how to identify the home State of a TNC: one suggestion was
that beyond incorporation, financing through export credits or the national stock exchange
provided an obvious point of control, creating a political responsibility on the home State to
regulate such corporations. (...) The concept of “contractualizing” human rights was highlighted, with the suggestion that
States could then allege breach of contract where a TNC fails to abide by its contractual
promises regarding human rights. (...) Avoiding restrictions on remedies
72. There was a suggestion that one should not assume that home States are the best forum
for a remedy.
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In this regard, in light of the above-mentioned elements, criticisms such as the
definition of terrorism is broad and vague and that it is focused on the aims of the
offence rather than defining the acts that constitute the offence, as well as the
suggestion that individuals who are not directly linked to terrorist offences may be
prosecuted and convicted of such offences are not justifiable.
According to the definition of terrorism, one or more of the following purposes should
be aimed in order for the offence to be constituted:
1) to alter any of the principals of the “democratic, secular and social State respectful
of the rule of law and human rights and committed to nationalism of Atatürk” which
are envisaged as the fundamentals of the Republic in Article 2 of the Constitution,
2) to change the political, legal, social, secular and economic system of the State,
3) to impair the inseparable unity of the State with its territory and nation,
4) to endanger the existence of the Turkish State and its Republic,
5) to weaken, destroy or take over the authority of the State,
6) to destroy the fundamental rights and freedoms,
7) to impair the internal and external security, public order and public health of the
(...) In view of the explanations above, as the terrorism is perpetrated within the
framework of an organization the suggestion that the “terrorist” is broadly used to
refer to a large number of number of individuals, their organizations and activities is
2. (...) Therefore, Turkey is of the opinion that questioning the
effectiveness of the measures taken by the Government to counter terrorism, making
recommendations that suggest a direct link between terrorism and the promotion of
economic, social and cultural rights in order to “eliminate the risk that individuals
make morally inexusable decision to resort to acts of terrorism” as well as guiding as
to how these recommendations will be implemented are issues beyond the boundaries
of the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.
Paragraph 15, Recommendation (n) (page 6)
There is no discrimination against different ethnic populations in Turkey in the
exercise of cultural rights regarding the legislation and practices, in accordance with
the principle of equality safeguarded in our Constitution.
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In this regard, on behalf of the National Human Rights Commission
Nepal, the following suggestion has been provided to the Government of Nepal.
REPORT OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ITS 16TH SESSION, GENEVA, 22-26 FEBRURARY 2016 : HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL, ADVISORY COMMITTEE
therefore support any step which would strengthen the interaction in this regard between the
Human Rights Council and the Committee, and especially your suggestion to have formal
and informal meetings with Member States, which was very well received by the
Committee. (...) Furthermore, on behalf of the Committee, I would also like to follow up on the
suggestion you made during the meeting, notably the possibility for the Committee to
identify in a memorandum addressed to the President and Bureau of the Council a list of
specific research proposals for the consideration of the Council.
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There is no truth in the more serious suggestion that it
is our policy to collude in, solicit, or directly participate in abuses of prisoners. (...) In
Mr Amin’s case the judge examined his allegations and found that there was no evidence to
suggest that the UK authorities were complicit in the unlawful detention or ill-treatment of
Mr Amin in Pakistan.
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It fully endorsed the suggestion for the formulation of a
National Strategy for Human Rights Education.
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