Solidarity to The Agenda of the Child Association and all 375 NGOs banned in Turkey
To the members of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, International organizations and networks for protecting the rights of the child, to the Embassies and the Media.
Dear Sirs and Madams,
With this letter to you we express our concern and indignation at the closure of 375 civil society organizations in Turkey. One of them is The Agenda of the Child Association (Gündem Çocuk Derneği) from Turkey, which is a partner civil society organization to the First Children Embassy in the World – Megjashi and which also protects and advocates children's rights. The activities of The Agenda of the Child Association (Gündem Çocuk Derneği) have been interrupted by the Turkish government for a period of 3 months starting from 11 November, 2016.
The First Children's Embassy in the World – Megjashi, as an international organization whose mission is advocacy and protection of children's rights and strengthening of the civil movement for children’s rights, gives full support to the continuing work of The Agenda of the Child Association of Turkey (Gündem Çocuk Derneği). Also we urgently ask the Turkish authorities to reconsider their decision and to withdraw the ban on The Agenda the Child Association (Gündem Çocuk Derneği).
This request and information about the difficulties that The Agenda of the Child Association have will be forwarded to all European and world networks for protection of children's rights in which the First Children Embassy in the World – Megjashi is a member, as well as to all competent institutions, all United Nations bodies, to the embassies in the Republic of Macedonia, the Committee for protection of children's rights as well as to the domestic and international media.
In solidarity with our partner organization in Turkey, we continue this fight together in defense of dignity and work of The Agenda of the Child Association (Gündem Çocuk Derneği) and all other 375 civil society organizations that are closed! Every child is important and every child deserves to have someone who will fight for him/her, protect his/her rights, which today is not possible without organizations such as The Agenda the Child Association (Gündem Çocuk Derneği)!
Dragi Zmijanac M.A.
Director and Founder of the First Children Embassy in the World - Megjashi, Republic of Macedonia