Hammarberg Visited to Chechen Refugees in Turkey
- The Council of Europe Commissioner for
Human Rights, Thomas Hammarberg visited one of the unoffical Chechen
refugee camp in Istanbul yesterday.
The aim of the Hammarberg’s visit is to
gain first hand information on the human rights’ situation of
asylum-seekers and minorities and to discuss other major human rights
issues with the Turkish authorities, continuing and enhancing the
constant dialogue. On this aim, Thomas Hammarberg has started to his
six days visit on June 28,2009 in Turkey. Mr.Hammarberg was in
Fenerbahce Chechen refugee camp which is one of the unoffical Chechen
refugee camp in Istanbul on July 1,2009. The delegation with Hammarberg
have listened to problems of Chechen refugees and took notes, also they
have taken a lot of photos during the visit. Hammarberg said that the
life conditions of Chechen refugees are very bad and they are in shock
that Chechen refugees don’t have any right.
The report which has the theme: “The Ethnic Minorities and Asylum Seekers in Turkey”, will publish later in this year.
There are over than 2000 Chechen
refugees mostly in Istanbul city of Turkey. There are three unofficial
Chechen refugee camps in Fenerbahce, Beykoz and Umraniye district of
Istanbul. Turkish government doesn’t accept to Chechen refugees as nor
refugee or asylum seeker and calling them as “guest”. So Chechen
refugees doesn’t have any basic rights on education, health or working
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