Media and Law Studies Association (MLSA) organized a trial monitoring training for journalists, lawyers and civil society workers, with the partnership of International Press Institute (IPI) and Friedrich Naumann Foundation.
MLSA Coordinator Lawyer Veysel Ok made the opening speech of the seminar. IPI Turkey Advocacy Coordinator Caroline Stockford and Friedrich Naumann Foundation Project Coordinator Aret Demirci explained what they desire to achieve through this training programme.
Trainers Joanne Cecil and Mark Jones from Bar Human Rights Committee UK, outlined the scope and framework of the training which started at 10:30 at Cezayir Restaurant. The initial sessions of the seminar covered the nature and purpose of trial monitoring and how to monitor a trial both systemically and thematically.
Trainers then moved on to talk about universal standards regarding 'right to fair trial', and how to identify its violations Cecil and Jones explained how observers can form a detailed and qualified report about the cases they are planning to monitor. The final session of the seminar involved a case scenario in which the participants identified certain violations and practiced monitoring and reporting.