Turkish MPs examine Turkish families' troubles in Belgium

The Turkish Parliamentary Human Rights Commission examines Turkish families' situation in Belgium and addresses rising racism in Europe.

Turkish MPs examine Turkish families' troubles in Belgium
The Turkish Parliamentary Human Rights Commission paid a visit to Belgium to make local investigations about the situations of Turkish families victimized for different reasons.

Speaking at a press conference after the meeting at Turkish Consulate General in Antwerp, Commission Chairman Ayhan Sefer Ustun pointed out the danger of escalating racism in Europe.

Ustun said, they examined the issue of Turkish children who were taken away from their families and given to foster families, and saw Belgium being in a better situation than other European countries in this regard.

Ustun also said they observed very unfavorable situations in the jails.

"In line with the economic crisis, there is a new trend rising. Particularly, the share of votes of political parties with a racist rhetoric seems to be stabilized at 20-25 percent. This is a very dangerous rise," said Ustun.

He added, "If there had been a party getting votes with a racist discourse in Turkey, the whole world would have reacted very negatively, but no one takes measures against the rise in Europe."

Ustun added, "we demanded Belgian authorities to prevent any harm caused for any reason on Turkish families, and made it clear that the commission would closely watch the situation."

Ustun announced that they would publish a report  based on their observations.

The commission will continue their examinations in Holland between June 19-22.

Ustun is accompanied by a ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Izmir MP Hamza Dag and main opposition Republican Peoples' Party (CHP)  Istanbul MP Mahmut Tanal and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Ankara MP Mustafa Erdem.

Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) official Adil Akhmetov had earlier accused the Belgium government of failing to provide justice to Muslim families living in the country who were subject to discrimination and violence.

There have been cases such as Muslim community centers being attacked and a Turkish family’s house being set on fire. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Haziran 2013, 13:00