UN food and agriculture agency honours Turkish Prime Minister

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has conferred its highest award, the Agricola Medal, on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his contribution to agricultural and social development in Turkey.

UN refugee agency urges Greece to let 16 stowaways disembark and seek asylum

The United Nations refugee agency today called on the Greek authorities to allow the urgent disembarkation and grant access to the asylum system for 16 stowaways found nearly a week ago on a cargo ship docked in the port of Piraeus, near Athens.

UN expert on freedom of expression deplores murder of Turkish Armenian editor

An independent United Nations expert on freedom of opinion has added his voice to the chorus of condemnation over the murder of the editor of the Turkish Armenian-language weekly Agos, Hrant Dink, known for his critical work on a specific period of the history of Turkey.

Turkey makes progress on detention procedures, but not for terror suspects – UN experts

Despite strengthened safeguards against arbitrary detention in Turkey’s criminal justice system stemming from new laws enacted last year, the situation of terrorist suspects who have been detained for up to 13 years without being found guilty is “most disturbing,” according to United Nations experts.

Forced marriages, domestic violence contribute to female suicide in Turkey – UN expert

Traditional practices, such as forced marriages, domestic violence, and denial of reproductive rights, often play a key role in suicides of women and girls in Southeast and Eastern Turkey, while the authorities often do not implement protective laws, according to a United Nations expert who has just concluded a 10-day visit to the region.

UN expert lauds Turkey’s human rights effort but urges respect for all groups

While hailing Turkey’s rights efforts and initiatives by noting that “significant progress” has been made, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism called today for more to be done to investigate allegations of torture, and to respect the linguistic and cultural rights of all groups living in the country, including the Kurds.

Praising Turkey, UN expert urges further rights protections in counterterrorism

Saying that Turkey has shown “remarkable commitment” to reform over the past years, a United Nations rights expert today called on the country to further reduce tensions in its terror-racked southeast region, affirming that counterterrorism must be pursued with full respect for human rights.

Annan strongly condemns latest terrorist bombings in Turkey

United Nations Secretary-General today strongly condemned the latest terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey, on the British consulate and the HSBC headquarters in which at least 26 people were killed.

Security Council denounces attacks in Turkey, reaffirms fight against terror

The United Nations Security Council today denounced the latest bombings in Istanbul, Turkey, saying the attacks have only hardened its resolve to fight terrorism.

UN expert on human rights defenders to visit Turkey

The United Nations expert specializing on the protection of human rights defenders is scheduled to visit Turkey in December at the invitation of the Ankara government.