The rate of application of the criteria set out in the best interests of the child is zero percent.

President of the Turkish Bar Association Union R. Erin Saqqan attended a conference on the fight against child abuse in Erzurum. Sakan said they examined the best interests of the child in 52 cases from 7 regions in their project and said, “We have seen that the rate at which all the criteria set out in the best interests of the child is applied is zero percent. This is an incredible rate. , In no case did not meet all the criteria specified in the file. ”


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A ‘Combating Child Abuse’ conference was organized by the Union of Turkish Bar Association (TBB), Sadet Teachers Association for Coming Child Abuse (UCIM) and Ataturk University.

Speaking at the conference, UCİM President Sadet Ozkan spoke about the abuse he suffered while working at a village school and what happened next.

“Our children, the Gendarmerie Command, the guide teachers, the inspectors told us about the incident,” Ozkan said. The children went to university hospitals, forensic medicine institutes, higher specialized institutions. My kids didn’t go to Disneyland, they told me this over and over. At present, our country has forensic interview rooms and child monitoring centers. But our judges need to be aware and specialized in this matter. Because we are suffering in an area where we are not experts, we have problems, “he said.

President of the Turkish Bar Association Union R. Erin Saqqan says she started working on children’s rights in 2000 after the CMK file revealed a case involving a girl. As a lawyer. Noting that they provided special training to lawyers on children’s rights in 2014, Sakan said those who participated in the training were able to enter juvenile cases.

Huge vision project

In his speech, Sakan also spoke about the ‘Embrace Vision Project’ for children under the age of 18 in prison, and said that his client, lawyer Dilbar Kanse, who is incarcerated, had emulated his struggle.

Mentioning that the arrested teenage client in Kansai started working on the request “I want to hug my family”, Sakan said that they also supported.

Emphasizing that they supported Kansas’ appeal in a petition to the Turkish ombudsman, Sakan said:

“In 2020, the ombudsman made a recommendation. He sent this decision to the Ministry of Justice with us. You know, the ombudsman advises, but is active.

‘There is a legal proposal that foreshadows the purpose of correcting children. This offer is very fair and accurate. Children and adults should not keep the same point of view, edit. Her statement, ‘Open all children’s opinions,’ was also sent to the Ministry of Justice with us. We have visited the ministry many times, insisted on implementation. In 2021 came regulations on children’s meetings. All children now express their views publicly. Thanks to lawyer Dilbar Kanse, all the children, whose number has reached 5,000, embraced their families and appreciated their views. At this point, the duties of the bar associations come up.

The Bar Association is responsible for this area. We have many instruments. We are for those who are detained, victims, in police stations and jails. We can take part in the trial. Our responsibility is to train colleagues with a very strong legal background, not only through participation, but also to be able to do this job properly. Raise awareness through on-the-job training and internship training and educate well-equipped lawyers in accordance with national and international law. ”

“High benefits of zero child in implementation”

In the last part of his speech, President Sakan said that they had signed a project on the topic of ‘best interests of the child’ and said that they had examined 52 cases from 7 regions. At the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sakan said that they had begun work on the principles of the best interests of the child in the decisions taken by the Committee on the Rights of the Child from a separate petition.

“Files of 52 cases from 6 regions have been examined and workshops have been held. A very valuable report has come up. We have seen that the rate of cases where all the criteria laid down in the best interests of the child are applied is zero percent. This is an incredible rate. In other words, not all the criteria set out in a case file have been applied. There are applied files. We subtract percentages for each separately. There are some principles that are never implemented, some are implemented, some are not. When it comes to the best interests of the child, we have no chance to say ‘they have set 3 criteria here, even if it is a success’. If there are 8 criteria, then we have to work to ensure that 8 of them are in their decision. ”

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