Statement by Turkey at the 29th Session of the Human Rights Council

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 15.06.2015

Mr. President,

We thank the High Commissioner for presenting his update and reiterate our full support for his efforts to protect and promote human rights.

Today, we are still witnessing calamities and tragedies worldwide on a daily basis.

In Syria the conflict has entered its fifth year. The situation constitutes a threat to the entire region’s peace and stability. The regime continues to commit crimes against humanity and war crimes, and also violates human rights and international humanitarian laws. Turkey’s stance towards this humanitarian issue and its solid contribution to the efforts in extending a helping hand to the Syrian people are well known. A genuine political transformation based on the full implementation of the Geneva Communiqué must remain the key priority.

The human rights situation in Palestine continues to be worrisome. Any improvement of the abysmal human rights situation requires first and foremost the ending of the occupation. It is high time for the parties to share a unified vision of peace.

We appreciate High Commissioner's call to action regarding the recent unfolding tragedies related to migration flows at sea. A human rights-based approach by the entire international community is needed to effectively address the plight of vulnerable migrants in several regions of the world. We welcome today’s enhanced interactive dialogue.

Turkey also appreciates your efforts regarding Ukraine. Especially, the UN Human Rights Mission in Ukraine provides an adequate mechanism to monitor, and timely report on the human rights situation, as well as emerging risks. Turkey remains deeply concerned by the extent of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine and in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, which we consider an inalienable part of Ukraine. The rights of minority groups in Ukraine, particularly of the Crimean Tatars are still at stake.

Last, but not least, we are proud to observe this June session of the HRC as a “women’s rights session”. Our understanding is that promoting and protecting the rights of women is half way of achieving universality of human rights. Our motto must be clear: No one should be left behind!

Thank you.


Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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