Report on children to be discussed at U.N.
31 May 2012
Rights of children will be evaluated by U.N. session
The report on Turkey will be discussed during the session of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva on 29 May-15 June.
The agenda of the Committee’s 60th sessions will be made up of reports on seven countries Cyprus, Vietnam, Turkey, Nepal, Australia, Greece and Algeria.
During the sessions of the Committee, procedures in the mentioned countries for the implementation of UN conventions on the rights of the children will be evaluated and the committee will direct questions on the periodic reports of each country.
The Turkey report which will be brought to table on 1 June reportedly puts forward the fact that the Turkish state doesn’t recognize Kurdish children’s rights for language, culture, education and identity in the process of protection of child rights and bases this disclamation on the articles of the Lausanne Agreement.
With hundreds of jailed children in Turkey, Kurdish organizations propose TMK (Anti-Terror Law) victim children should also be brought to the agenda during the sessions of the Committee.
According to figures by Human Rights Association (IHD), there were 2309 jailed children in Turkey and 90.94 percent of these children were remanded in custody without any penalty as of the end of 2011. However, these figures are increasing every passing day. The most recent mass arrest took place in Mersin where 15 children were sent to prison (for adults), charged with crimes linked to terrorism. On the other hand, inhuman treatments in Pozantı Prison still remain on the agenda.
A number of non-governmental organizations, including Geneva Kurdish Center for Human Rights and CENI Kurdish Women’s Office for Peace, called on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child to take immediate action concerning the systematical practice of sexual abuse, rape and torture against children in Pozantı and other prisons in Turkey.
D.F. - ANF / GENEVA
ANF NEWS AGENCY