Human Rights Day: İnsan Hakları mı dediniz?


 

Yaş 70 İş Bitmiş!

Respect for human rights, based on the principles of equality of persons before the law and non-discrimination, is an unwavering feature of the Republic of Turkey. Today, Turkey is as advanced as it has not ever been, regarding the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms. Through the reforms and arrangements realized over the past 15 years, our country has consolidated this basic feature even further.

The EU will continue to reaffirm its commitment to protect and promote the universality of human rights whenever they are violated or questioned, inside or outside its borders. The full respect of all human rights is a precondition for any democratic and resilient society, for sustainable development, security and long term peace. As the European Union, from the very beginning we have made the protection of human rights not only the foundation of our common internal and external policies, but of our Union itself. We view all human rights as universal, indivisible and interdependent, with no difference between civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

We have all witnessed worrying examples: freedom of expression being curtailed; discrimination being tolerated and in some cases incited; and the rule of law being applied selectively. Those who value freedom and justice cannot accept this clear erosion of individuals’ rights. The peace and stability of Europe depend on democracy, the rule of law and full respect for human rights.

The United States will be firm in representing our core democratic values and advocating for the right for all people to live in freedom.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70
Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than. 500 languages [TR]

Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. Thanks to the Declaration, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted and the foundation for a more just world has been laid. While its promise is yet to be fully realized, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all. The principles enshrined in the Declaration are as relevant today as they were in 1948. We need to stand up for our own rights and those of others. We can take action in our own daily lives, to uphold the rights that protect us all and thereby promote the kinship of all human beings.

#StandUp4HumanRights


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights empowers us all.


Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.


Our shared humanity is rooted in these universal values.


Equality, justice and freedom prevent violence and sustain peace.


Whenever and wherever humanity’s values are abandoned, we all are at greater risk.


We need to stand up for our rights and those of others.

Joint Statement for Human Rights Day 2017
Call for European states to recommit to human rights standards

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland issued this joint statement today, ahead of Human Rights Day on Sunday 10 December, calling on governments and opposition politicians across Europe to recommit to promoting and maintaining human rights standards. First Vice-President Timmermans and Secretary General Jagland said:

“Human Rights Day 2017 is a moment for honest reflection, and a call for concerted action.

Recent trends in Europe show that the overall commitment to human rights is not what it once was. European countries have long been the staunchest defenders of human rights but we now see a real risk that we are going backwards.

Human Rights Day 2017 is a moment for honest reflection, and a call for concerted action. Recent trends in Europe show that the overall commitment to human rights is not what it once was. European countries have long been the staunchest defenders of human rights but we now see a real risk that we are going backwards.

We have all witnessed worrying examples: freedom of expression being curtailed; discrimination being tolerated and in some cases incited; and the rule of law being applied selectively.

Those who value freedom and justice cannot accept this clear erosion of individuals’ rights. The peace and stability of Europe depend on democracy, the rule of law and full respect for human rights. One should never be used against the other, as history has taught us.

The European Convention on Human Rights set out in 1950 the basic protections to which every adult and child is entitled.

The European Convention was agreed by consensus in the wake of a devastating world war and atrocities that must never be repeated. It was designed to withstand the passing of time and to ensure that the lessons of the bleakest periods in our history are never forgotten.

Every EU Member State and nineteen other European countries have ratified the Convention. The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union is built on it.

The Council of Europe and the European Commission work hand-in-hand to ensure that human rights are upheld in practice. These rights are not negotiable.But to deliver them we depend on the full and unequivocal cooperation of every member country of the European family, and that cooperation and commitment needs to improve.

Last year the European Court of Human Rights handed down 488 judgments concerning EU member states, and three quarters of them confirmed at least one violation of the European Convention.

Meanwhile, six out of ten of the countries with most violations relative to population size were EU Member States.

The warning lights are flickering and it is time to heed them. We call on every European government and every European politician to heed the warning and get to work.

All our European states must recommit to a culture of human rights, abide by the commitments that they have made and implement the rule of law on that basis.

Only then can every European enjoy the opportunity to live a full life without the threat of discrimination or abuse.

Declaration by the High Representative Federica Mogherini on behalf of the EU on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2017

In 1948, after the devastating Second World War, which brought painful divisions in Europe and occupation for many European countries, the international community committed to define, promote and protect human rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights that we celebrate on 10 December has enshrined these shared principles and has had a profound influence on the development of the world. But still, almost seventy years on, we are far from the full respect of these commitments all over the world, and we recognize that all states must do more in this respect.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted without dissent by the UN General Assembly on December 10 in 1948 and this year the Human Rights Day marks the launch of a year-long campaign to celebrate the 70th anniversary in 2018. As we prepare for this anniversary, not only rights and freedoms are still being challenged, but the space for civil society continues to shrink in many countries throughout the world.

As the European Union, from the very beginning we have made the protection of human rights not only the foundation of our common internal and external policies, but of our Union itself. We view all human rights as universal, indivisible and interdependent, with no difference between civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The EU will continue to reaffirm its commitment to protect and promote the universality of human rights whenever they are violated or questioned, inside or outside its borders.

The European Union will keep being at the side of those who stand up for human rights every day, as human rights defenders face increasing pressure and threats in many countries across the globe. We do not only pay tribute to them, but we actively support their work and will continue to do so. The full respect of all human rights is a precondition for any democratic and resilient society, for sustainable development, security and long term peace.

The EU will also continue to be the strongest supporter of the multilateral system as a pillar of the promotion and protection of human rights, starting from the United Nations to the International Criminal Court and to regional institutions such as the Council of Europe. It is our common responsibility to guarantee their effectiveness and the highest standards of integrity.

Today, the European Union and its Member States join the United Nations and many others in calling upon states and people to Stand up for Human Rights on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2017. The EU Member States, the institutions, the EU’s Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis and the EU Delegations all celebrate Human Rights Day. We will continue to Stand up for Human Rights and for all those fighting to defend them.

Journée internationale des droits de l’Homme:
La Belgique reste engagée pour l’universalité des droits de l’Homme

 

La journée internationale des droits de l’Homme est célébrée ce dimanche. Le Vice-premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders souligne à cette occasion que la Belgique reste engagée pour l’universalité des droits de l’Homme. Comme le Haut-Commissaire pour les droits de l’Homme, le Ministre doit malheureusement  constater que cette universalité des droits de l’Homme est remise en question de différentes parts.  C’est inacceptable. 

A la veille du 70ème anniversaire de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’Homme, il reste plus important que jamais de déployer tous les efforts pour maintenir l’héritage de cette déclaration. La Déclaration Universelle est un engagement de tous les Etats à protéger et à promouvoir les droits de l’Homme. Ces droits reviennent à tous, comme l’énonce clairement l’article 1 de la Déclaration : « Tous les êtres humains naissent libres et égaux en dignité et en droits. » 

L’année 2018 sera placée sous le signe du 70ème anniversaire de la Déclaration Universelle. Ce sera également la dernière année où la Belgique siègera au Conseil des droits de l’Homme. En tant que membre du Conseil, notre pays continuera à promouvoir activement les droits de l’Homme. Fin février 2018, le Ministre Reynders participera à nouveau au Segment de haut niveau du Conseil afin de souligner l’engagement continu de la Belgique. Il appellera à cette occasion tous les pays à prêter leur concours aux « procédures spéciales », qui sont les yeux et les oreilles du Conseil. Au titre d’appui concret à la plus ancienne des procédures spéciales thématiques, le Ministre a invité le Groupe de travail sur les disparitions forcées ou involontaires à tenir sa prochaine session à Bruxelles. Les membres du Groupe de travail passeront une semaine à Bruxelles début février. Ils y rencontreront des victimes de disparitions forcées ou involontaires. 

Pour être crédible au niveau international, il est essentiel de respecter ses engagements dans  son propre pays. La semaine prochaine, le Ministre Reynders présentera le premier plan d’action « Entreprises et droits de l’Homme » à Bozar à Bruxelles. Il continuera également à suivre de près la mise en œuvre des recommandations en matière de droits de l’Homme formulées à l’égard de la Belgique par différents mécanismes internationaux.

 

 

Internationale dag van de Rechten van de Mens: België blijft pleitbezorger van universaliteit van mensenrechten

Zondag is de internationale dag van de rechten van de mens. Vicepremier en minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Didier Reynders onderstreept dat België een pleitbezorger blijft van de universaliteit van de mensenrechten.

 

Zoals de hoge commissaris voor de Mensenrechten stelt de minister vast dat de universaliteit van de mensenrechten vandaag helaas vanuit verschillende hoeken in vraag wordt gesteld. Dat is onaanvaardbaar.

Aan de vooravond van de 70ste verjaardag van de Universele Verklaring van de Rechten van de Mens is het belangrijk de nalatenschap van deze verklaring hoog in het vaandel te dragen. De universele verklaring is een engagement van alle staten dat ze de mensenrechten zullen beschermen en bevorderen. Die rechten zijn voor alle mensen. Artikel 1 van de verklaring bepaalt dat “alle mensen vrij en gelijk in waardigheid en rechten worden geboren”.

2018 zal in het teken staan van de 70ste verjaardag van de Universele Verklaring. Het is ook het laatste jaar van het Belgische lidmaatschap van de Mensenrechtenraad. Als lid van de raad zal ons land de mensenrechten blijven bevorderen. Eind februari 2018 zal minister Reynders opnieuw aan de raad deelnemen om het Belgische engagement in de verf te zetten. Bij die gelegenheid zal hij alle landen oproepen om samen te werken met de ‘speciale procedures’, die de ogen en oren van de raad zijn. Om de oudste thematische speciale procedure te steunen, heeft de minister de Werkgroep Gedwongen en Onvrijwillige Verdwijningen uitgenodigd om haar volgende sessie in Brussel te houden. De leden van die werkgroep zullen begin februari een week in Brussel vergaderen en slachtoffers van gedwongen of onvrijwillige verdwijningen ontvangen.

Om internationaal geloofwaardig te zijn, moet elk land zijn engagementen nakomen . Volgende week zal Didier Reynders het eerste nationale actieplan “Bedrijven en mensenrechten” voorstellen in Bozar in Brussel. Verder zal hij de uitvoering van de aanbevelingen die ons land van verschillende internationale mechanismen heeft ontvangen, blijven opvolgen.

International Human Rights Day :
Belgium remains engaged for the universality of Human Rights

The International Human Rights Day will be celebrated this Sunday. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders underlines at this occasion that Belgium remains engaged for the universality of human rights. In the same way as the High Commissioner for human rights, the Minister unfortunately notes that this universality is being put into question from various sides. This is not acceptable.

On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration, it remains more important than ever to do everything that is required to maintain the heritage of this declaration. The Universal Declaration is an engagement from all States to protect and to promote human rights. These rights belong to all, as clearly mentioned in article 1 of the Declaration: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

2018 will be marked by the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration. It will also be the last year of Belgium’s membership of the Human Rights Council. As member of the Council, our country will continue to actively promote human rights.  At the end of February 2018, Minister Reynders will participate again in the High Level Segment of the Council in order to underline the continued engagement of Belgium.He will call all countries at this occasion to collaborate with the “special procedures”, which are the ears and the eyes of the Council. As a concrete support to the oldest thematic special procedure, Minister Reynders invited the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances to hold its next session in Brussels. The members of the Working Group will spend a week in Brussel in early February and meet victims of enforced or involuntary disappearances.

To be credible on the international scene, one must respect its engagement in his own country. Minister Reynders will present next week the first action plan on “Business and Human Rights” at Bozar in Brussels. He will also continue to closely follow the implementation of recommendations made to Belgium by various international mechanisms.

 

President Erdoğan’s Message on Human Rights Day

On the occasion of the 69th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I congratulate the Human Rights Day for my fellow citizens and the entire World.

Turkey, as one of the first countries that signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is also a party to the core international human rights conventions of the United Nations. Respect for human rights, based on the principles of equality of persons before the law and non-discrimination, is an unwavering feature of the Republic of Turkey.

Through the reforms and arrangements realized over the past 15 years, our country has consolidated this basic feature even further. Obstacles preventing the enjoyment of our people’s beliefs have been eliminated, the lingering oversight effects from coup d’état periods have been removed, and the bond between the State and its citizens have been further strengthened.

Today, Turkey is as advanced as it has not ever been, regarding the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms. This is one of the reasons why the bloody coup attempt of July 15, aimed at usurping the democratic achievements, independence, rights and freedoms of our nation, was fortunately foiled. The Turkish nation, by the heroic resistance it has displayed at the cost of 251 martyrs, not only defended its national will, but also democracy.

Without doubt, in various parts of the world, the greatest threat to people’s enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms, primarily the right to life, are posed by terrorist organizations. Bloody-handed gangs such as Daesh, FETO, PKK, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab and YPG are the greatest enemies to humanity, with the murders they commit and the bloods of innocent people they spilled. Without any distinction, Turkey will resolutely continue its fight against terror, within the rules of law and democracy.

We, on the other hand, witness even in countries claiming to be cradles of democracy, that discrimination, cultural racism and rights violations are on the rise. Islamophobic and xenophobic movements are increasingly getting closer to the center of politics in Western countries. Millions of people become marginalized and exposed to repression and violence on the account of their language, religion, color and culture. The indifference displayed vis-à-vis the atrocities suffered by Muslims in Rakhine State is the latest example to this fact.

We should not forget that any persecution watched by in silence and indifference will make the cruel more fearless. Every tragedy which is overlooked is a precursor to new ones.

Acting on the motto “If you want the state to live, you have to let its people live”, Turkey will continue to be the staunch defender of justice, peace, rights and freedoms within and outside its borders. Without giving credit to perception operations, we will continue to stand by all the oppressed and the aggrieved, from Palestine to Syria, and from Asia to Africa.

With these thoughts in mind, I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate the 10th December Human Rights Day and wish that this exclusive day brings peace, tranquility and justice to our nation and all humanity.

10 Aralık İnsan Hakları Günü

Birleşmiş Milletler İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesi’nin kabul edilişinin 69. yıldönümü vesilesiyle başta vatandaşlarım olmak üzere tüm dünyanın İnsan Hakları Günü’nü kutluyorum.

İnsan Hakları Evrensel Beyannamesi’ni ilk imzalayan ülkeler arasında yer alan Türkiye, aynı zamanda Birleşmiş Milletler’in temel insan hakları sözleşmelerine taraftır. Kanunlar önünde bireylerin eşitliği ve ayrımcılığa uğramamaları ilkelerine dayanan insan haklarına saygı, Türkiye Cumhuriyeti’nin değiştirilemez niteliğidir.

Ülkemiz son 15 yılda çok farklı alanlarda hayata geçirdiği reform ve düzenlemelerle bu temel niteliğini daha da pekiştirmiştir. Vatandaşlarımızın inançlarını yaşamalarının önündeki engeller kaldırılmış, darbe dönemlerinin vesayet izleri silinmiş, devletle-vatandaş arasındaki bağ daha da güçlendirilmiştir.

Bugün Türkiye, demokratik hak ve özgürlüklerin kullanılması noktasında tarihinde hiç olmadığı kadar rahat bir ülkedir. Milletimizin demokratik kazanımlarını, bağımsızlığını, hak ve özgürlüklerimizi gasp etmeyi amaçlayan 15 Temmuz kanlı darbe girişiminin akamete uğratılmasının sebeplerinden birisi de budur. Türk Milleti, 251 şehit pahasına gösterdiği kahramanca direnişle sadece iradesine değil, aynı zamanda demokrasiye de sahip çıkmıştır.

Şüphesiz, bugün dünyanın farklı köşelerinde hayat hakkı başta olmak üzere insanların temel hak ve özgürlüklerini kullanmalarına en büyük tehdit terör örgütlerinden gelmektedir. DEAŞ, FETÖ, PKK, YPG, Boko Haram, El Şebab gibi eli kanlı çeteler, işledikleri cinayetler ve döktükleri masum kanıyla insanlığın en büyük düşmanıdır. Türkiye, hiçbir ayrım yapmadan, hukuk ve demokrasi içerisinde, terörle mücadelesini kararlı bir şekilde yürütecektir.

Öte yandan demokrasinin beşiği olduğu iddiasındaki ülkelerde dahi ayrımcılığın, kültürel ırkçılığın ve hak ihlallerinin arttığına şahit oluyoruz. İslam düşmanı ve yabancı karşıtı akımlar batılı ülkelerde giderek siyasetin merkezine oturuyor. Dili, dini, rengi ve kültürü farklı olduğu için milyonlarca insan ötekileştiriliyor, baskı ve şiddet görüyor. Arakan’da Müslümanların maruz kaldığı vahşet karşısında sergilenen kayıtsızlık, bunun en son örneğidir.

Unutmayalım ki sessiz ve tepkisiz kalınan her zulüm, zalimi daha da pervasızlaştırır. Görmezden gelinen her trajedi, yenilerinin habercisi demektir.

“İnsanı yaşat ki devlet yaşasın” şuuruyla hareket eden Türkiye, sınırları içinde olduğu gibi dışında da adaletin, barışın, hak ve özgürlüklerin yılmaz savunucusu olmaya devam edecektir. Algı operasyonlarına prim vermeden Filistin’den Suriye’ye Asya’dan Afrika’ya kadar tüm mazlum ve mağdurların yanında olmayı sürdüreceğiz.

Bu düşüncelerle, 10 Aralık İnsan Hakları Günü’nü kalbi duygularla kutluyor, bu müstesna günün milletimize ve tüm insanlığa barış, huzur ve adalet getirmesini temenni ediyorum.

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Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.

For those who are caught in or displaced by internal unrest, or who are fighting against repressive governments and being exploited for the profit of others, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a beacon of hope. Standing up for human rights and democracy is a foreign policy priority that represents the best traditions of our country.

In commemoration of International Human Rights Day, we renew our commitment to our core democratic values and to advocating for the human rights, freedom, and dignity of all people. The United States urges all nations to respect their commitments enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and apply them equally to all. The world is safer when every person can live up to his or her full potential, and every nation is free from tyranny.

Rex W. Tillerson
Secretary of State
Washington, DC

December 10, 2017

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