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Press Centre (4/2014)

The Ombudsman Institution will protect children's rights together with children.

ANKARA, 22 April 2014 – “KDK Child” website prepared by the Ombudsman Institution and UNICEF to help children to protect their rights and to take action against the administrations’ (school, hospital, family doctor, dorm, governorship, district governorship, police station, municipality etc.) attitudes and the behaviors violating their right was put into the service with a press conference.

Children will be able to apply Ombudsman Institution directly through the website www.kdkcocuk.gov.tr when their rights of education, health, transportation and sheltering were violated by the administrations; such teachers, doctors, nurses, dorm attendants, soldiers or police officers.

UNICEF Turkey representative Dr. Ayman Abulaban and the national coordinators of Child Rights Committees attended the meeting hosted by Chief Ombudsman M.Nihat Ömeroğlu. A detailed briefing was given about the website before the opening speeches.

Dr. Abulaban emphasized the importance of “KDK Child” website and stated that active monitoring tools and the website created by the Ombudsman Institution are the best indicators of their precise attitude towards children’s rights. He also pointed out the fact that this opening ceremony will take place on April 23 is an important indicator that the society has kept the promise given to children for 100 years. In the final words, he stated that this in a great inspiration for UNICEF in the 25th year of Convention on the Rights of the Children.

Likewise, the Chief Ombudsman, M.Nihat Ömeroğlu stated that he is very glad to be working with UNICEF during the preparation process of “KDK Child” website which is created to reach the children of technological era and to be visible to them for protecting their rights.

On 14 April 2014, another global development was experienced with entering into the force of Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure. Turkey signed this Protocol which is waiting for approval. The new Protocol enables children and their representatives to submit complaints to the Committee on the Rights of the Child about specific violations of their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child pornography and child prostitution).
UNICEF Turkey Country Office, Yukarı Dikmen Mah. Alexsander Dubçek Cd. 7/106, 06450 Çankaya/Ankara. Telephone: +90 312 454 1000 Fax: +90 312 496 1461 E-mail: ankara@unicef.org