30th SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PANEL DISCUSSION ON A HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO GOOD GOVERNANCE IN THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 24.09.2015

Thank you Mr. President,

As a co-sponsor of the resolution 25/8, Turkey welcomes this panel discussion. We thank the distinguished panellists for their participation.

The full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms is only possible with good governance. Today, most humanitarian tragedies happen not because of natural disasters but due to clear governance failures. Good governance primarily depends on open, responsible and accountable government. Therefore, adopting a human rights-based approach is a crucial step towards ensuring a professional, efficient and transparent public service, upholding principles such as non-discrimination, impartiality and rule of law.

To achieve and to sustain good governance in the public service, one of the main challenges to overcome is effectively fighting corruption at all levels. International efforts to eradicate corrupt practices have a decisive impact on the full enjoyment of human rights. As a party to the UN Convention against Corruption, Turkey is looking forward to its universal ratification soon.

We appreciate the ideas on good practices. Turkey's state tradition stands as a strong testimony for fostering an understanding of public service fundamentally based on human rights. For instance, concerning enhanced access to public service, a successful initiative is the online public portal called "E-state", launched in 2008, which now includes over 20 million users.

Likewise, regarding recruitment of civil servants, human rights considerations are rigorously followed in Turkey. A centralized examination procedure to enter public service ensures transparency and objectivity. Furthermore, public institutions have a legal obligation to allocate 3% of their total workforce to persons with disabilities.

Last but not least, in order to raise a culture of awareness amongst public servants, an extensive human rights training programme has been integrated into the training curricula of several public institutions. We believe that such measures are instrumental for strengthening the good governance in the public sector, with positive repercussions for the overall population.

I thank you Mr. President


Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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