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Press Centre (5/2013)

Press Release on Ill-treatment of Children in Detention

Ankara, 31 May 2013 - It is with great sadness that UNICEF is taking note of allegations of ill-treatment and, in some cases, inhuman and degrading treatment, of children in detention reported by several civil society organisations.

On May 27, Gündem:Çocuk and Çakıl Foundations made serious allegations of systematic ill-treatment and discrimination against children in İzmir Şakran and Antalya Prisons based on reports produced by various other organisations and information gathered from past and current child inmates and their families. Again on 27th and 29th of May, members of Parliament, Mr. Ertuğrul Kürkçü and Mr. Rıza Türmen, respectively conducted press meetings regarding these allegations.

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Urgent policy action or lose another generation in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, says UNICEF

GENEVA, 30 May 2013: Although significant reforms have been undertaken throughout Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia in support of children with disabilities and many positive changes are occurring, millions of children with disabilities are still left out, forgotten and invisible, UNICEF says.

Of the estimated 5.1 million children with disabilities in the region, approximately 3.6 million are not counted in social registers, a basic child right, and as a consequence are lost and excluded from their own societies. Those who are registered are often exiled to state run residential institutions or do not go to school, another fundamental child right.

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UNICEF SUPPORTS THE SYRIANS OUTSIDE THE CAMPS

UNICEF continues to offer full support to the education activities carried out within the scope of the Humanitarian Aid Operation in Syria. As part of its support, UNICEF has equıpped school facilities in Şanlıurfa which will be used to provide primary education to Syrian children not living in refugee camps.
The facility equipped by UNICEF, the "Information and Education Center for Syrian Guests" was made available to the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) by the Ministry of Family and Social Policies. The opening ceremony was attended by Şanlıurfa Governor Celalettin Güvenç, UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman A. Abulaban, local public officials, UNHCR Regional Coordinator Robin Ellis and representatives of other organisations on 24 May 2013.

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Cooperation protocol has been signed with the Turkish Red Crescent for the joint activities to be carried out within the scope of UNICEF Syria Humanitarian Aid Operation

Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Turkey Ambassador Jean- Maurice Ripert , Director General for Multilateral Political Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Erdoğan İşcan and AFAD Head of Response Department Fatih Özer participated at the ceremony held for the protocol signed by UNICEF Turkey Representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban and President of the Turkish Red Crescent Ahmet Lütfi Akar.

The Protocol includes the content and implementation methods of the joint activities to be carried out with the Turkish Red Crescent within the scope of the EU funded "Support to Syrian Children in Turkey Project".

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Landmark reached in fight against tetanus, as over half of 59 priority countries declare victory, partners say

NEW YORK - Tetanus, one of the most deadly diseases a mother and her newborn can face, has been eliminated in over half of 59 priority countries, the Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Initiative partners announced today.

Tetanus kills one newborn baby every nine minutes and almost all of these babies are born in poor families living in the most disadvantaged areas and communities.

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Statement on Syria by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa

AMMAN, May 5, 2013 - "UNICEF is appalled and outraged by the latest reported killings in Al Bayda and Baniyas.

"Reports say that on May 2 and 3, dozens of people, including women and children, were killed in the two towns.

"These latest deaths serve as another reminder that it is innocent civilians, especially children, who continue to pay the heaviest cost of the carnage in Syria.

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"Give me a hug" - Workshop prepares communications strategy for disabled children.

ANKARA/TURKEY- A major workshop was held in Ankara on 2 May to develop the action plan of an integrated communication strategy that aims to reduce the social distance between disabled children and their families, and the general public.

The workshop was organized by Ministry of Family and Social Policies of Turkey, General Directorate of Disabled and Elderly People's Services and UNICEF Turkey. There were more than 80 participants, including representatives of the public and private sector, the UN Communication Group, academicians from leading universities, NGOs, disabled people and their families.

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