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UN independent expert calls on Turkey to do more to fight impunity

“Turkey has made significant strides in securing the right to life in recent years, and continues to take further positive measures in this regard,” said the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns. “However, impunity remains the main outstanding challenge that needs to be addressed urgently in order to consolidate the progress.”Mr. Heyns was in Turkey to examine the current level of unlawful killings and death threats, as well as efforts to prevent them and ensure accountability in such cases.“Since the last visit by my predecessor in 2001, institutional and legal changes have been made – and are still being made – which, if fully implemented, have the potential to address many of the remaining concerns related to the right to life,” he said, adding that there is wide recognition that at the moment the main obstacle to protect the right to life is impunity for perpetrators.Mr. Heyns noted that members of the security forces are often protected from conviction by ineffective investigations and slow legal processes. Violations of the right to life by security forces include killings in the context of counterterrorism, measures during arrests and demonstrations. He added that an investigation is still pending on the Uludere incident last year, in which 34 civilians were killed by Government fighter planes near the Turkish-Iraqi border. While he recognized that administrative and judicial are processes underway, Mr. Heyns noted that they are not transparent. “This situation persists against a background where there has been little accountability for the large number of killings that took place during the 1990s,” Mr. Heyns said. “Where prosecutions take place, it is largely for offences against the State, rather than for violations of the right to life.” In addition, he pointed that while some commendable initiatives are being taken to prosecute perpetrators, impunity is largely ignored in cases of domestic violence against women who are victims of so-called honour killings and are not protected by any measures.During his five-day visit, Mr. Heyns conveyed a series of preliminary recommendations to address the challenge of impunity in Turkey. He also stressed the potential role that the growing number of domestic institutions may have in addressing and investigating human rights violations, and drew attention to the current process to establish the Turkish Human Rights Institution. “The next steps in ensuring the independent and effective functioning of such structures will be crucial for the consolidation of human rights protection in Turkey,” he said. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed in an honorary capacity by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. Mr. Heyns is scheduled to present his report on the situation in Turkey at the 23rd session of the Council in 2013. read more

Dont waste our time NHS pleads with up to 17 million needless

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Sticking to your appointment is a small but effective way to wish the NHS happy birthday in its 70th year,” she said.Darent Valley Hospital in Kent, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation trust were among those yesterday urging anyone whose condition was not a serious accident and emergency to keep away from A&E.The day before, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS foundation trust, in King’s Lynn, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, in Hampshire, and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals trust in London were among those making public appeals for doctors and nurses who were off duty to come and work.NHS surveillance suggests flu cases have risen by 67 per cent in a week in England – meaning around 3.7 million people came down with such symptoms over the Christmas period.The data held by Public Health England shows the flu season now underway across England, Scotland and Wales, with a significant increase in deaths in Scotland. Health officials are urging the public not to heap pressures on Accident & Emergency units, as they reveal up to 17 million hospital visits a year may be needless.Jane Cummings, NHS chief nursing officer, urged people to turn to pharmacists and 111 whenever possible, as she warned that services are now under unprecedented strain.A number of trusts have issued direct pleas to the public to keep away from A&E if at all possible, with others asking any available nurses and doctors to come in to work.Senior doctors say a rise in flu cases has been enough to overload many hospitals and place heavy strain on ambulance services, even though the season has only just begun.But today the country’s most senior nurse asked the public to play their part in lifting pressures on hospitals, in the week which is usually the toughest for the NHS.NHS England said that in 2016/17, more than nine million people were sent home from A&E after only getting advice, which could often have been obtained from a pharmacist or 111.Meanwhile, almost eight million outpatient appointments were wasted on patients who failed to turn up – a rise from 7.5 million the previous year.The appointments alone were worth £1bn, officials said – which could have funded 1 million cataract operations.Ms Cummings said: “With the NHS coming under pressure as never before, we are asking patients and the public to use the health service responsibly to help ensure that care is readily available for everyone who needs it.“There are now more doctors, nurses and other clinicians available at the end of a phone to give advice and guidance to users of the 111 service,” she said.The senior nurse asked patients to keep hospital appointments – or to give services good notice if they needed to cancel.  last_img read more

Mother still critical after chopping incident attacker takes life

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGDF member assaulted, robbed of valuables in Kuru-KururuAugust 27, 2018In “Crime”Residents call for Police patrols over heightened crime in Kuru-KururuAugust 22, 2018In “Crime”Teen found floating in Kuru Kururu trench; was last seen with LoverJanuary 14, 2014In “Crime” A labourer of Kuru Kururu, Linden/Soesdyke Highway took his own life on Tuesday afternoon after he attacked and chopped his reputed wife about her body at Swan Village, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.Injured: Malicia AndrewsThe now dead man has been identified as 39-year-old, Ian English of Lot 11 Kuru Kururu Squatting Area.His body was discovered sometime around 16:00h.INews understands that English and his reputed wife, 32-year-old, Malicia Andrews, a mother of six, have been experiencing domestic problems.Charmalita Adams, the youngest sister of the now injured woman, related that Andrews visited her mother’s home to discuss some problems that she was facing in her relationship.“She went down by mommy, cause we ain’t know if they get problems, she never used to speak out … he follow she down there and tell she come with he, but she didn’t want to ‘cause she ain’t want he no more….,” the sister stated.The suspect, however, followed Andrews to her mother’s home at Lot 22 Swan Community, and demanded that she return home with him, but she refused while informing him that she wanted to end the relationship.The suspect reportedly became enraged, armed himself with a cutlass, went into the house and dealt Andrews several chops to her body. The injured woman reportedly ran into the yard and collapsed.He later chopped a piece of rope which he took with him in some bushes. He was later discovered handing from a tree by Police ranks who were summoned to the scene after the chopping incident.His body was cut down and taken to the Lyken Funeral home to await an autopsy.Andrews was picked up and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he has since been admitted in a critical condition.The couple, who shared a relationship for several years, had two children ages 13 and 2.Investigations are in progress. read more