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What About Children’s Rights In Turkey?

Turkey has been seeking membership in the European Union, but a major stumbling block in its efforts is the lack of rights for children in Turkey. At this point in the 21st century, Turkey still lacks creation of a juvenile court system to deal with crime by children, and this results in children being tried in adult courts and treated as though they were not children. A Turkish MP noted; “children are not being treated in juvenile courts and are not being treated as juveniles. They are being treated as terrorists, contrary to the international convention.” He referred to a decision by his nation’s Court of Appeals which ruled that children who took part in demonstrations in support of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party could be charged with aiding a terrorist group. There are numerous examples of Kurdish children who throw stones at such gatherings are sent to prison charged with aiding the spread of terrorism.

If Turkey does not make changes to protect children from being tried as adults and sent to prison for life, it may well wind up being another United States of America which allows such convictions. Turkey may also join the United States in allowing a high percent of child mortality. On the bright side, Turkish court officials could be sent to places like Texas and have a field day convicting children and sentencing them to life terms for crimes like rape.

Turkey To EU-We Are Moving Toward Full Democracy

The ruling Justice and Development Party(AKP) of Turkey is pushing through Constitutional amendments aimed at bolstering democratic procedures and rights in the nation. The package of rights includes creating an ombudsman who will have power to inspect state agencies to ensure human rights and ethics are being respected. One amendment is aimed at the current effort by the Constitutional Court to close down the AKP on grounds it seeks to foster creation of an Islamic society. New laws make it more difficult for prosecutors to take action to close down political parties except in cases where they are seeking violent action against government authority.

The new amendments creates primaries for political parties and members of the legislature must declare their financial assets. The package places great emphasis on gender equality. “The state shall take necessary measues including legal and administrative arrangements to make sure that men and women are equal in every field.” A provision also expands the rights of children and gives them to right to express their opinions freely.