SPEAKER ŞENTOP’S ADDRESS AT "FUTURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN 21st CENTURY" CONFERENCE
2023-01-12 - 11:32
SPEAKER ŞENTOP’S ADDRESS AT "FUTURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN 21st CENTURY" CONFERENCE
The Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Türkiye (GNAT), Mustafa Şentop stated, "We have to accept that each of the 8 billion people living in the world, regardless of skin color, belief, race, or language, is fully and truly equal in law with the other and to base our minds, culture and paradigm on this."

Mustafa Şentop gave a speech at international conference on "The Future of Human Rights in 21st Century", financed by EU and organized by Turkish Ombudsman Institution in Ankara.

Expressing that human rights violations and problems continue to be the most talked issue in the world, Şentop stated that he believes that the studies to be carried out on such a topic and the sharing of mutual knowledge and experience will be very beneficial. Reminding that the Ombudsman's Office was established with constitutional amendment accepted with a referendum on September 12, 2010, Şentop stated that it is very important to ensure that the decisions of the Ombudsman Institution are complied with by around 80 percent, although the decisions of Ombudsman Institution are not essentially binding.

Şentop drew attention to the development of ombudsman institutions in countries in the north of Europe, and the administrative judiciary institutions in countries in the South and he stated, "Of course, we see that this distinction is a distinction made in previous periods. We all see that the ombudsman responds to a need, due to both spread of the ombudsman and also the fact that the ombudsman reaches the result in a shorter time, easier and more cost-effectively in countries where there is an administrative judiciary. Therefore, I would like to say that this distinction is no longer very meaningful."

Noting that there are so many problems with human rights, Mustafa Şentop stated that many people and children in the world die of hunger. Noting that immigration is a very serious problem today, Şentop stated, "Today, we know that the money spent to turn the Mediterranean into a migrant graveyard costs enormous sums. Xenophobia, Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim hostility have come to the point of causing serious problems in many countries around the world."

After the conference, cooperation protocols were signed between Türkiye-Mongolia ombudsmen and the Türkiye-Sri Lanka ombudsmen.