WOMEN & CHILDREN RIGHTS

WOMEN’S RIGHTS UNDER ATTACK IN TURKEY

Discrimination of women belonging to minorities and those allegedly members of the Hizmet movement are particularly evident regarding women’s right to reproductive health, leading to the violation of the right to health and safety and the denial of the right to human dignity. Numerous reports of ill-treatment during childbirth in health facilities across Turkey provide a deeply distressing picture of the extent of the exposure of discriminated women to degrading treatment, verbal and physical violence.

THE STATE of TURKEY`s CHILDREN: VICTIMS of UNLAWFULNESS

As we look at Turkey and the Turkish communities around the world today, we’re confronted with an uncomfortable but undeniable truth: Thousands of children’s lives are currently shattered for no other reason than the family or the circumstances into which they were born.

As this paper shows, unless the relentless assault on dissent in the country and abroad is not stopped immediately, the future of hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable children – and therefore the future of the society -- will be imperiled. This discrimination and violence against communities and families means these children will not have the opportunity for an education nor the chance to earn a decent living and positively contribute in their respec- tive communities.

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

The States Parties to the present Convention,

Considering that, in accordance with the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

The States Parties to the present Convention,

Noting that the Charter of the United Nations reaffirms faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women, Noting that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms the principle of the inadmissibility of discrimination and proclaims that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and that everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth therein, without distinction of any kind, including distinction based on sex,