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Turkey: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL15045, tabled on 19 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed, or plan to assess, the extent to which (1) refugee child labour, (2) child labour by Syrian refugees, and (3) discrimination against trade union members is taking place in Turkey.

Answered on

29 April 2021

We have regular discussions with Turkish counterparts, including ministers, about human rights issues, where we encourage Turkey to take greater steps to improve its human rights record. The Minister for the European Neighbourhood and the Americas raised a range of human rights issues on 21 April with her Turkish counterpart. We welcomed the publication of Turkey's human rights action plan on 2 March 2021 and urge Turkey to ensure its prompt and thorough implementation.

Through the UK's Conflict, Stability and Security Fund we have provided capacity building partnerships, and promoted human rights standards, with Turkish government institutions involved in migration management and the labour market, which includes trade unions. This work is supporting an evidence-based approach on tackling child and labour trafficking; fostering the protection of vulnerable migrants in the workplace; and promoting greater access to opportunities in formal labour sectors.