07/04/2020 | Writer: Yiğit E Korkmaz
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul Deputy Züleyha Gülüm asked about the hate campaign in the school WhatsApp groups to the Minister of National Education.
Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) Istanbul Deputy Züleyha Gülüm has brought the school principals' smear campaign against the LGBTI+'s through the rainbow drawings of children to the agenda of the parliament.
Gülüm has submitted a parliamentary question to be answered by Ziya Selçuk, the Minister of National Education.
Gülüm, reminding that one of the campaigns developed to ensure the children to safely overcome the quarantine is to make them hang the rainbow pictures they draw to their windows, asked the following questions:
-Did you know about the message containing discrimination and hate crime? Is it true that it was forwarded according to the instruction of your ministry?
-How do you explain the spread of the message in WhatsApp groups consisting of school principals from Ankara, Istanbul, Mugla, Adana, Mersin, Kocaeli, and many other cities?
-Will there be an investigation about these individuals who have committed discrimination and hate crimes?
-What kind of policy is followed in education against transphobic, homophobic hate speech, sexist harassments? What measures are taken to prevent such incidents?
-It can be seen in the reports of the human rights institutions that the attitude against LGBTI+'s in Turkey has almost reached the level of "racism" within our country. Is there any study that you have made in education to prevent LGBTI+s from being targeted and subjected to violence, mistreatment, and discrimination? Will you take any steps to include LGBTI+ and human rights institutions to such projects?
-The priority of coordination in the education process in the epidemic; Is it to prevent activities that bring together children of the world in drawing love and nature through social networks, which are developed for the wellbeing of children? Or is it the elimination of the problems of children who do not have access to online education during the quarantine?
Gülüm also stressed that the message sent to WhatsApp groups that were founded because of the epidemic was hate crime.
Translation: Yiğit E. Korkmaz
Tags: human rights