Children’s Rights Platform
The North Cyprus Children’s Rights Platform (CRP)’s Common Framework of Agreement will be signed on November 20, 2009. November 20 is the day on which the UN Declaration of Children’s Rights was signed in 1989, and the day which has been celebrated as the World Children’s Rights Day ever since.
Based on the ethics and aims of the Declaration, the Common Framework of Agreement will serve as the Constitution of the Children’s Rights Platform.
The founding members of the CRP, who will be signing the Common Framework of Agreement are: the SOS Children’s Village Association, the Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Foundation, the Cyprus Turkish Press Union, the Foundation for Prevention of Social Risks, and the Social Services Office of the Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance, as well as two other participating organizations, namely Sidestreets Educational and Cultural Initiatives and the Cyprus Turkish Teachers’ Union.
The Signing Ceremony will be taking place on Friday, 20 November, 2009 at 10.30 a.m., at Sidestreets, 22 Mahkemeler Onü, Lefkoşa.
Panel on Child Abuse and Exploitation
The Children’s Rights Platform will also be organizing a panel on “Exploitation/Abuse of Children” on the same day at the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM), beginning at 3:00 p.m. The panelists and topics will be as follows:
“The Purpose of the panel”
– Selma Işiktaş, Moderator, and panelist; Head of the Childrens Family Goodness Offices of Social Services
“Description of Abuse/Exploitation and its forms”
– Barış Başel, Social Risks Prevention Trust
“Legal Dimensions of Exploitation/Abuse”
– Ceren Göynüklü, Turkish Cypriot Human Rights Trust
“The Press and Exploitation/Abuse”
– Tümay Tuğyan, Cyprus Turkish Press Association
“Analysis of Children’s Rights Conditions”
– Barbaros Canıtez, National Director of the SOS Children’s Village
“Effects of Exploitation/Abuse and its Prevention”
– Yeşim Gürçınar, Specialist at the Social Services Office
(– Prepared by Tümay Tuğyan, Member, Childrens Rights Platform
Translation by Sidestreets)