Independent Living and the Fight for the Right to Act in Turkey

Independent Living and the Fight for the Right to Act in Turkey

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The right to equal recognition before the law under Article 12 of the CRPD is closely linked to Article 19 on the right to live independently and be included in community. An exciting new civil society coalition has developed in Turkey to build a movement toward independent living. Our partners, RUSİHAK, wrote a blog post today to promote this promising new campaign.

From October 2014 onwards, RUSİHAK joined forces with the European Network of Independent Living (ENIL), in cooperation with the Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL-Sofia) in a 15-month long project aimed at promoting the right to independent living in Turkey. The Independent Living Network Project (ILNET) is co-funded by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, under the Civil Society Dialogue scheme. The Project targets people with disabilities, regardless of the type or level of their impairment, as well as disabled peoples organisations, human rights organisations, policy makers at the national and regional level,  and the media.

ILNET aims to ensure that people with disabilities in Turkey are better informed and able to advocate for the right to independent living, by learning from the experience of the Independent Living movement in Europe and by using international and European human rights legislation and policies, and good practice.

In order to achieve this objective, activists from Turkey came together with activists in Bulgaria between 6th and 10th April 2015. Eight activists from Turkey visited Sofia and found opportunity to understand the work of CIL-Sofia, self-advocates and Bulgarian Centre for Not For Profit Law.

Please have a look at the photos below and share our happiness and pride that the group of Turkish and Bulgarian activists supported PERSON Network’s Right to Act Campaign.

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