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More than 5,000 children of Turkish families living in Europe are given to Christian families without any judicial decision.
In an exclusive interview with the Anadolu Agency (AA), Chairman of the Turkish Parliamentary Human Rights Watch Committee, Ayhan Sefer Ustun on Tuesday said that they were receiving applications concerning Turkish children being given to Christian families in various European countries.
"Such a case is a complete assimilation. Such incidents do not have an humanitarian dimension. It is a process against international laws. The right for guardianship is holy and is the basic right of families. Unfortunately, European institutions on youth take away Turkish children from their families and give them to Christian families based on simple reasons," Ustun stressed.
"After getting separated from their mothers and fathers, the Turkish children are not permitted to see their parents again," Ustun noted.
"This is a tragedy which must be studied"
"To date, more than 5,000 Turkish children have been given to Christian families," Ustun stated.
"Separating Turkish children from their families and giving these children to Christian families is a complete assimilation. We met an example the other day. A Turkish girl who came to Sakarya forgot to speak Turkish. One of the elements that make up a person's character is language and the other religion. She lost her language and we do not question her religion. Such a situation is very painful. This is a tragedy which must be studied," Ustun indicated.
"A process of assimilation and against laws"
"There was no judicial decision on separating the Turkish children from their families and, as such, this was a process against laws," Ustun said.
"This implementation is also against human rights," Ustun indicated.
"Such an implementation is a complete assimilation. It can not be described otherwise. It is a process of assimilation and against laws. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a past ruling said that taking a Christian child from his family and giving him to a family of Jehovah's witnesses was not an appropriate act. This is a situation against human rights. It is an assimilation to take a child who has grown up with an Islamic culture to be given to a Christian family without a judicial decision," Ustun expressed.
"A high number of applications on the issue"
"As a committee, we will work on the issue," Ustun said.
"We have received a high number of applications on the issue of Turkish children in Europe. Our citizens have sent applications to us. As a Turkish parliamentary committee, we will work on the matter. It is a process which is not ethical. Surely, not every Turk may treat his/her child properly. However, in such circumstances, a Turkish child could be given to a Muslim family and can live in a close culture. We have highly successful Turks in Europe. Turkish children could be given to such Turks," Ustun also said.Last Mod: 07 Şubat 2013, 11:02