Victim/offender mediation in Turkey
After a delegation of members of the Turkish Parliament visited Marquette Law School last month, I had the privilege of traveling to Istanbul to moderate a victim/offender mediation conference for two hundred fifty Turkish prosecutors and judges. There were fourteen of us restorative justice “experts” from ten different countries who were there for three days to talk to the ballroom full of lawyers, who wanted to learn how to best implement Turkey’s already enacted victim/offender mediation process during criminal prosecutions. It was a fabulous experience.
Experts call on government to fix juvenile justice system
from Today's Zaman:
Turkey needs a system of juvenile justice cognizant of children's rights, especially because the number of children in conflict with the law is rapidly increasing, experts have said.
....“We need a juvenile justice system in which the rights of children are observed from the first moment a child enters the system until it exits the system. Such a juvenile justice system should be designed in a way so that it has a strong self-regulating body and is able to rapidly find solutions for every child. But such a system can only be established if Turkey adopts a policy on minors based on rights,” Emrah Kırımsoy, from the Agenda Children Association, said.
Feb 15, 2010 Country:Turkey