Maat issues its report on the situation of people with disabilities in Turkey
Okeil: Turkish government ignores its international commitments
“No one is immune from disability” A motto that has always been recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), of which, has now become an integral part of the intellectual, moral, and legal system. No one can remain isolated from disability, which makes disability a public issue, as everyone is vulnerable to injury, whether in person or in a family member. A person with disabilities faces various constraints and obstacles in performing his or her normal life functions at some point in his life, especially when they are getting old.
Whereas, all religions, international laws and conventions have affirmed that the issue of disability must be given attention.
What led Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights – in the context of its concern for the promotion of human rights, especially for the priority groups for state action – to see the urge for the publication of this report, in conjunction with the Turkish government’s review of the 21st session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Hence, by reviewing the Turkish file on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Turkish government has shown disregard and non-compliance with its international obligations. This report provides an overview of the many grave violations of persons with disabilities in Turkey, which were exacerbated following the failed coup in 2016. The grave violations included, physical barriers to access to public facilities, torture and other ill-treatment, as well as obstacles to access to the labor market and lack of social support.
Maat made recommendations to the Turkish government: speeding up the actual procedures to ensure the implementation of legislation protecting the rights of persons with disabilities and ensuring that all persons with disabilities have the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention because of their political opinions. Furthermore, that the Turkish Government take concrete measures to prevent future human rights violations in prisons and that perpetrators should be held accountable.
To read the full report, please follow this link: https://bit.ly/2UEH4Lx
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