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What is Removing Barriers Movement? | Back to top ↑

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Removing barriers movement (RBM) has been created by Rodin Alper Bingöl a senior student in visual communications design at Bilgi University in January 2009. This project started as a thesis and has grown with the support of many organizations and the community.

RBM is a global movement based in İstanbul and is run by humanitarian volunteers working for human rights.”The removing barriers movement belongs to anyone who owns it” is the belief supported with the slogan “Do not block your heart,remove the barriers!”.

This movement aims to end all obstacles that violate human rights by creating projects/strategies that bring awareness and concrete solutions.The mission is to produce social change by helping marginalized communities claim their rights.This is done by partnering with advocates,organizations and individuals that represent these communities.Supporting the participation in civil society and reinforcing norms and mechanisms for the protection of all human rights is important in influencing the governmental and intergovernmental bodies that hold the key to systems change

RBM is growing and the need to become an association is inevitable. The association will be named “Engelsizler derneği” and it’s priority is to advocate for individuals with disabilities.There are 8.5 million registered people with disabilities that live in Turkey and  is considered a population at risk.Therefore, RBM has started an awareness Project to bring this to everyone’s attention.

The success of the awareness Project has motivated many local and international organizations,private companies and volunteers (example; Universal McCann, Microsoft Türkiye, Hürriyet Newspaper, Dogus Group, Ups, PTT Film, 1000volt, California Foundation of Independent Living Center, Türkiye Omurilik Felçliler Association) to become our strong supporters.

RBM creates a community of action where everyone collaborates on concrete solutions. Through training and technical assistance,legal support and legislative advocacy,creating a society where individuals fully participate in exercising choice and self-determination.

One Project an done idea at a time creates change. Lets all join together and be at the center of change!

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> What is Removing Barriers Movement?
> How did Removing Barriers Movement start?
> Who is a volunteer for Removing Barriers Movement?
> How do I join Removing Barriers Movement?
> What are the vision, mission and core values of Removing Barriers Movement?
> What is the range of activities of Removing Barriers Movement?
> How does Removing Barriers Movement carry out its work?
> Who finances Removing Barriers Movement?
> Does Removing Barriers Movement have branch offices?
> I want to ask a question which that is not listed on this page

What is Removing Barriers Movement? | Back to top ↑
Removing Barriers Movement (RBM) is a worldwide Istanbul based movement of people who campaign for human rights. The main goal of the RBM is to end all obstacles that violate internationally recognized human rights by creating projects/strategies that bring awareness and concrete solutions. “The removing barriers movement belongs to anyone who owns it” is the belief supported with the slogan “Do not block your heart, remove the barriers!”

How did Removing Barriers Movement Start? | Back to top ↑
RBM took start in January 2009 as a dissertation project of Rodin Alper Bingöl who is the senior student of Visual Communication and Design department in Istanbul Bilgi University. Later on, the project became a societal movement with the excessive interest and support shown by the private organizations and community.

Who is a Volunteer of Removing Barriers Movement? | Back to top ↑
A volunteer of RBM is the one who perceives human rights as a value over all the political ideologies and worldviews. Volunteer of RBM who support the belief of “The removing barriers movement belongs to anyone who owns it!”, campaigns against to the violation of internationally recognized human rights.

How do I join Removing Barriers Movement? | Back to top ↑
The ones who want to support or want to be actively involved to the RBM can fill the contact form or send and an e-mail to  the iletisim@engellerikaldir.com adress to get in contact.

What are the vision, mission and core values of Removing Barriers Movement? Back to top ↑

Vision
RBM take start with the aim of reaching a social order where the sensitivity and awareness of the violations are at the center. It prospects an ideal community which is using and being aware about their rights that are stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and any other similar texts related with the violations against the internationally recognized human rights.

Mission
Creating a societal awareness for the human right violations and generating adequate methods and strategies to find permanent solutions in the purpose of reaching to the desired level of social order.

Core Values
RBM takes 8 core values as its base in its future and present projects and in the interactions it establishes with all individuals, organizations and associations. These 8 core values are: Independence, Justice, Equality, Sensitivity, Tolerance, Respectfulness, Solidarity, Modernism, and Transparency.

What is the range of activities of Removing Barriers Movement? | Back to top ↑
RBM aims to create a social consciousness and awareness that will help to remove all kinds of physical and intellectual barriers in Turkey, fight for the violation of human rights and integrate people to social and production processes who are being viewed as “disabled” and therefore outcasted by the society.

In that manner, RBM’s target audience does not only consist of, blind, paralyzed or deaf people. RBM also targets the “disabled” women whose freedom of working is restricted, children whose right of being a child is prevented and generally all people whose freedom of expression is restricted. Beside these targeted groups, the “unhindered” people that has the power to remove barriers but not aware about what he/she can do in that manner is the other major target group.

How does Removing Barrier Movement carry out its work? | Back to top ↑
RBM come up with projects to generate adequate methods and strategies to find permanent solutions in the purpose of creating a social awareness to the human right violations. Participants in the management of RBM are selected from the people who are specialized in their areas. People working under the commissions of law, communication, infrastructure and architecture, psychology-sociology create concrete and specific projects. Volunteers who give part-time support or get involved in specific projects also contributes to the functioning of the RBM.

Who finances Removing Barriers Movement?
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RBM carries out its projects without donations collected from the society. Sponsors, organizations and individuals that are in corporation with the RBM, support the accomplishments of projects with their creative ideas and technological supports. The money collected under the regulation of associations with the establishment of Association of Independent Living, will be used in realizing the projects that aim to find permanent solutions.

Does Removing Barriers Movement have branch offices? | Back to top ↑
RBM which is an Istanbul based movement also performs in different cities under the coordination of volunteers and organizations.

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You can get in contact with us either through filling contact form or sending an e-mail to the iletisim@engellerikaldir.com

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights | Back to top ↑

The following reproduces the articles of the Declaration which set out the specific human rights that are recognized in the Declaration.

Article 1
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4
No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6
Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7
All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11
1.    Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
2.    No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.
Article 12
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13
1.    Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
2.    Everyone has the right to leave any country, including their own, and to return to their country.
Article 14
1.    Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
2.    This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 15
1.    Everyone has the right to a nationality.
2.    No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
Article 16
1.    Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
2.    Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
3.    The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Article 17
1.    Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
2.    No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19
Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20
1.    Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
2.    No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
Article 21
1.    Everyone has the right to take part in the government of their country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
2.    Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in their country.
3.    The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
Article 22
Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23
1.    Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
2.    Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
3.    Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
4.    Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.
Article 24
Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25
1.    Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
2.    Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock shall enjoy the same social protection.
Article 26
1.    Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
2.    Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
3.    Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.
Article 27
1.    Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
2.    Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.
Article 28
Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29
1.    Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
2.    In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
3.    These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.
Article 30
Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

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