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With a duration of two years, it has a budget of over €2 million and the objective of establishing an effective and accessible system of assistance to victims
Following its official presentation in Ankara, the FIIAPP-managed Twinning project “Strengthening Victims’ Rights in Criminal Justice System” got under way. Its objective is to contribute to the establishment of an effective, sustainable and accessible system of support and assistance to victims.
Reform of the judiciary is one of the most delicate political criteria Turkey must conform to in order to become a member of the European Union. The general objective of this reform is to contribute to the establishment of a system to support victims in line with European standards.
More specifically, the project, funded by the European Commission with a budget of over €2 million, has three lines of action: to set up crime victims’ assistance offices in various provinces; to support the Turkish Ministry of Justice in drafting a law on crime victims according to European legislation; and to organise a public awareness campaign.
The work, which will be carried out over 24 months by Spanish experts from the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ) together with their Turkish counterparts, places special emphasis on the most vulnerable groups in society: children and persons with disabilities, to ensure that they enjoy the same guarantees as the rest of the population.
The kick-off ceremony in the Turkish capital was attended by Deputy Minister of Justice Bilal Ucar, the CGPJ spokesperson, Mar Cabrejas, and others.
Pedro Barceló, a magistrate of the CGPJ and a FIIAPP expert in Turkey, and Burçu Aykar, a judge in Turkey’s victims’ law department, describe in detail the objectives of the programme on the Public Cooperation Around the World radio show.