Global Rights Index 2018 : Worst Countries for Working People


Turkey: Arrest of union leaders – Discrimination and dismissals

In the aftermath of the attempted coup in July 2016, civil liberties have been severely downtrodden in Turkey and trade unions and their members have been systematically targeted under the guise of the state of emergency. In April 2017 alone, more than 2,125 persons were detained and 3,974 workers were dismissed from public services. During the year, the government banned numerous strikes organised in the glass and the metal sectors because it deemed them “prejudicial to national security”.

In April 2017, 14 TUMTIS officials, including Ankara branch president Nurettin Kılıçdoğan, received heavy prison sentences ranging from 1.5 years to 6.5 years for recruiting new members and obstructing the freedom of conducting business, while Zeynep Çelik, a nurse and former DISK Executive Committee member, was arrested in May 2017.

In August 2017, 682 teachers in the southeastern provinces, all members of Eğitim-Sen (Union of Education Workers), were subject to compulsory reassignment in other provinces for “participating in marches contrary to the Turkish Republic’s fight against terrorism”.

In February 2018, Elif Cuhadar, a KESK Executive Committee member, was arrested for statements she had made during a panel discussion in 2014.

Three other public service trade union members, Cagdas Yazici, Recep Temel and Idil Ugurlu, were detained without due process in March 2018.


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Authoritarian Regime Leaders and Una Signora!

The Foreign Affairs Council will start with a review of pressing issues on the international agenda. The High Representative and ministers may refer to the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia on 17 May, recent developments related to North Korea and the situation in Yemen.

The Council will discuss Iran, in particular the Iran nuclear deal, the JCPOA, following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA as announced on 8 May.

Over lunch, foreign ministers will discuss the situation in Gaza following recent developments, including with regard to Jerusalem.

Foreign ministers will exchange views on Venezuela, following the presidential and regional elections on 20 May and the re-election of Nicolás Maduro for a second six-year term. The Council will adopt conclusions on Venezuela.

The Council will discuss the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Council will discuss the progress and the challenges in the electoral process which is expected to lead to the general election scheduled for 23 December 2018.

Foreign ministers will discuss the future partnership framework with the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, as the current agreement framing the partnership, the Cotonou agreement, is due to expire on 29 February 2020.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on enhanced EU security cooperation in and with Asia.

The Council is expected to adopt conclusions on strengthening civilian CSDP, in follow-up to the process launched by the Council in November of last year.


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Zenginliği, bilim ve siyaseti yönetmesi için Allah tarafından seçilenler!

Karşımda başka ilahların olmayacak.
You shall have no other gods before Me.


Kendin için oyma put, yukarda göklerde olanın, yahut aşağıda yerde olanın, yahut yerin altında sularda olanın hiç suretini yapmayacaksın, onlara eğilmeyeceksin ve onlara ibadet etmeyeceksin.
You shall not make idols.

Yehova’nın, Rab’ın ismini boş yere ağza almayacaksın.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.

Sebt gününü takdis etmek için onu hatırında tutacaksın. Altı gün işleyeceksin ve bütün işini yapacaksın, fakat yedinci gün efendin Rab’e Sebttir. Sen ve oğlun ve kızın, kölen ve cariyen ve hayvanların ve kapılarında olan garibin hiçbir iş yapmayacaksınız. Çünkü Rab gökleri, yeri ve denizi ve onlarda olan bütün şeyleri altı günde yarattı.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Babana ve anana hürmet edeceksin.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.

Zina etmeyeceksin.
You shall not commit adultery.


You shall not steal.


Komşuna karşı yalan şahitlik yapmayacaksın.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.


Komşunun evine tamah etmeyeceksin, komşunun karısına, yahut kölesine, yahut cariyesine, yahut öküzüne, yahut eşeğine, yahut komşunun hiçbir şeyine tamah etmeyeceksin.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.


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Supporting the future of Syria and the region’ Brussels II conference, 24-25 April 2018


To maintain international engagement in delivering assistance to the Syrian people and host communities.

60 Countries and 30 International Organisations, 200 NGOs from Syria and the region invited. Over 50 Syrian artists will reflect the diversity of backgrounds and views among Syrians,both in-country and from the regional and European diaspora.

The plenary sessions will cover all key aspects of the conflict: the political aspects will be the focus of the morning plenary, economic recovery for the regionwill be at the centre of the early afternoon session and humanitarian aspects.

The donor community pledged significant financial support for humanitarian assistance and protection in Syria, as well as civilian stabilisation measures to strengthen resilience in host communities

The total amount of pledges from the international community to the Syrian people and host communitieswill be announced during this session.


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Integration of immigrants in the European Union


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Many Europeans feel ill-informed about immigration and integration related matters; less than four in ten say that they are well-informed.

There is also a significant lack of awareness of the real extent of immigration from non-EU countries into the EU, with many Europeans overestimating how many immigrants are present in their country.

The overall picture is therefore an ambiguous one: seeing immigration as a problem may not mean hostility against migrants, but rather reflect a perception that governments are not managing the issue of immigrant integration in an adequate way.

A majority of Europeans agree that the integration of immigrants is a necessary investment in the long run for their country. There is also a clear majority who see the EU’s role as important and have a positive view of the actions that could be undertaken by the EU to support the integration of immigrants.

On the one hand, a large majority of Europeans think that if limited efforts to integrate are made by immigrants, it represents a major obstacle. They also recognise that if immigrants face significant difficulties in finding jobs and also experience discrimination and redtape, it makes integration more difficult.

The younger generation, and those with higher levels of education, are more likely to welcome immigrants, see their impact as positive, and more willing to consider integrating them into their lives as friends, colleagues and peers.

Intégration des immigrés dans l’Union européenne


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Türkiye Üzerinde Dış Politika «Kıskaç»ı!


©Prof.Dr.Osman Metin Öztürk

Haber, İran Hava Kuvvetlerinin, 2006’da ABD’de üretimi durdurulmuş F-14 Tomcat savaş uçaklarından 40 veya daha fazlasına sahip olduğu ve F-14 Tomcat uçaklarının Dünyada hala aktif olarak kullanıldığı tek ülkenin İran olduğu hakkında. [Iran’s Air Force Flies American-Made F-14 Tomcats]

Haberde; ABD Hava Kuvvetlerinin yanısıra ABD Donanmasında da (uçak gemilerinde de) bir dönem kullanılmış ancak, başarılı/etkili bulunmadığı (bir “felaket” olarak görüldüğü) için üretimi 2006’da durdurulmuş bu uçakların, Şah döneminde ABD’den satın alındığı; ABD’nin Şah döneminde İran’ın silah ihtiyacını “koşulsuz” karşıladığı; İran’ın 1979’daki İslam Devrimi sonrasında ABD’nin düşmanı olduğu ve bölgede önünü kestiği de ifade ediliyor.


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European Council meeting (14 December 2017) : Conclusions

The European Union’s position is extremely clear. We have expressed it in these days in a united manner – from my side, from the foreign ministers of the 28 Member States came a very clear message, including to Prime Minister Netanyahu on Monday.

I think it was heard in a very loud and clear manner, not only in the Arab world, not only with our Palestinian friends, but also in Israel, in Washington and the international community at large. This morning I received Foreign Minister of Indonesia Ms Retno Marsudi – the largest Muslim country in the world – who came here to discuss about Jerusalem, appreciating the position of the EU. The world knows where the EU stands on Jerusalem – the capital of two states along 1967 lines.

The European Union’s position is clear, determined and very well known. We are now working on giving this a perspective. Heads of State and Governments will decide whether they want to include this position in their formal statement or not but this is and will stay the consolidated position of the EU in any case.
Federica Mogherini
High Representative/Vice-President


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