ANKARA- After the declaration of State of emergency in Turkey, academic Nuriye Gülmen in Selçuk University of Konya, teacher of social sciences at the Halim Şaşmaz Primary School in Mamak, Acun Karadağ, who have been dismissed from their duties, have been resisted in Yüksel Avenue for more than 70 days. While other dismissed public laborers resist with Nuriye and Acun, the Statue of Women Reading a Book in Yüksel Avenue is in solidarity with them.
Human Rights Monument in Yüksel Avenue is one of the places of those seeking rights, justice and equality in Ankara. Built in 1990, the monument, which is visited every day, is figured by a woman reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The monument witnesses at least a protest in the day and it is called as “the Statue of Women Reading a Book” by the people living in Ankara. For more than 70 days, the monument has struggled in solidarity with the academic Nuriye Gülmen in Selçuk University of Konya and the teacher of social sciences at the Halim Şaşmaz Primary School in Mamak, Acun Karadağ, who have been dismissed from their duties.
The declaration signed but the right violations continues
On April, 1949 Turkey approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights prepared by the UN Commission on Human Rights on June, 1948. By approving the declaration, Turkey accepts to also fulfill the declaration’s articles for the protection of human rights. Human rights have been systematically violated in Turkey since the signing of the Declaration.
The resistance of Nuriye and Acun
This monument witnessing the struggle for rights, justice and equality of all people is the place of the struggle of two women and their friends now. Nuriye and Acun, who have been dismissed from their duties by KHK decree issued in the State of Emergency (OHAL) declared in Turkey under the name of fighting against the attempted coup on July 15 and plotters, have resisted with the Statue of Women Reading a Book for days (Nuriye for 72 days, Acun for 65 days).