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Hammarberg Visited to Chechen Refugees in Turkey

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  • Burak Oztas
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2009
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      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
      in Turkey.

      Source: http://www.waynakh.com/eng/2009/07/hammarberg-visited-to-chechen-refugees-in-turkey/


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