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Turkey: Legal Aid External Update - January 2017 [EN/TR]

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26-27 November 2016
Meeting on Access to Legal Assistance and Legal Aid by Refugees in Turkey was organized in cooperation with the Union of Turkish Bar Associations

Almost 710
Turkish lawyers from different Bar Associations throughout the country attended UNHCR capacity building workshops in 2015-16.

Resettlement
Continues to rank as the most queried topic after an evaluation conducted by the Legal Clinic

OPERATIONAL CONTEXT

ACCESS TO JUSTICE AND LEGAL REMEDIES IN THE CURRENT LEGAL FRAMEWORK

  • The endorsement of the Law on Foreigners and International Protection (LFIP) in April 2014 introduced a specific provision reinforcing access to justice and legal remedies, including pro bono legal assistance for asylum applicants and refugees as well as judiciary review by the Administrative and Magistrate Courts in the appeals procedure. The LFIP is complemented by other legislation already recognizing the right to legal aid for persons seeking international protection in Turkey.

  • The right to submit individual applications to the Constitutional Court strengthened available legal remedies: In 2010, pursuant to Constitutional amendments, any person whose fundamental rights and freedoms, as set forth in the ECHR and guaranteed by the Constitution, have been infringed upon by a public authority can apply to the Constitutional Court.