Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination
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Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination Agenda: Child Association: Magnifier: Effective Tools for Fighting Discrimination

Project Summary

Grantee: Agenda: Child Association

Purpose: Using the judicial system as a tool to fight discrimination

Location: Turkey

Grant Amount: 199,776 TL

Project Partner: Lawyers Network for Children

Period: 15 July 2015 – 15 July 2016

 

Background

Discriminatory actions on age, gender and disability are very common in the judicial processes in Turkey. Jurisdiction is the key mechanism providing equality and justice against discrimination, however some decisions do not meet the standards of the European Court of Human Rights. It is necessary to reveal the situation and improve the legal system.

 

Project Goals

  • Discrimination against women, youth and persons with disabilities will be revealed by analyzing lawsuits.
  • An analysis will be made on people or situations causing discrimination regarding critical cases.
  • Booklets will be prepared and shared with key actors/institutions to fight discrimination.
  • Policy papers will be prepared.
  • Judicial processes will be initiated for 6 infringement cases.

 

Project Results

 

  • 20 cases from Turkey were analyzed from the perspective of gender, disability and age discrimination and compared with the standards of European Court of Human Rights. The results were published in the “Discrimination in Judicial System Report”.
  • Legal action was initiated against 6 cases in which children rights are violated, and a test case was filed.
  • Informative videos were prepared about these 6 cases and shared on social media.
  • Information packs were prepared for lawyers and NGOs in order to share the experience of fighting against discrimination in the judicial system.
  • Policy papers were written on the cases which were being pursued and meetings were organized with public institutions to draw attention on the discrimination in the judicial system.

 

Testimonials

"We saw children who were illegally handcuffed in the corridors of the courthouse. We saw children who were forced to give statement while standing just next to his/her abuser in the courtroom. The Magnifier project aims to make this discrimination visible and change it." 

Project Lawyer

 

"The biggest motto of our project is 'We are Magnifying the Issue'. With this project, we really managed to magnify the discrimination and make it more visible in three areas which are disability, age and gender."

Project Coordinator

 

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