Human Rights Day celebrated at an event at Parliament

Binali Yıldırım, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey are together with the ASAM Al Farah Refugee choir.
Binali Yıldırım, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey are together with the ASAM Al Farah Refugee choir.

Binali Yıldırım, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey said that peace and security will be reestablished and Syrians will for sure will return to their homeland where they were born and had a life once.

Yıldırım, speaking at the “Refugees, Migrants and Cohesion Policies at the 70th Anniversary of the of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Opportunities, Challenges, Solutions”, on 12 December at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, said that the adoption of the Declaration 70 years ago was a turning point for the history of humanity, and Turkey was one of the first countries to sign it.

In line with that commitment, Turkey currently is hosting 3.6 million refugees, mainly composed of Syrians, Yıldırım added that they know that is a humanitarian responsibility.

Yıldırım said that Turkey ranks first when the ratio of official humanitarian assistance to national income is taken into account.

Stating that as a result of its current structure, UN Security Council is not capable of providing the international peace as envisaged by the UN charter, Yıldırım said that that is why President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s slogan “World is Bigger Than Five” has been adopted by many. He said that UNSC structure should be adopted to the needs of the current times.

Also speaking at the event, Chair of the Human Rights Commission, Hakan Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey is the country that was effected most by the Syria refugee crisis stemming from the civil war in that country.

Çavuşoğlu reminded that Turkey hosts the highest number of refugees in the world, and added that Turkey has adopted and enforced exemplary policies with regards to refugees for the international community.

Çavuşoğlu said that Turkey should manage migration and apply healthy cohesion policies and turn migration into an opportunity.

In her speech, Irena Vojackova Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator in Turkey, said that Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted to avoid wars and hatred.

She added that the success of the Declaration comes from the fact that a diverse group of experts from different regions, including women took part in its preparation. Sollorano added that adoption of the Declaration was strongly supported by Turkey.

Sollorano thanked Turkey for extending a generous hand to refugees and said that there are not many such examples as Turkey in this field.

After the opening speeches, Yıldırım opened the photo exhibit “Refugee and Migrant Rights at the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

A choir composed of refugees associated with the Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM) also gave a concert composed of song in Turkish and Arabic.

At the begin of the Symposium, UN Secretary General’s Human Rights Day video message was also screened.