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Şahinbey, Gaziantep/ Türkiye
Dom Research Center
Kırkayak Kültür-Dom Research Center, carries out efforts to improve the socio-economic conditions of Dom communities and other relevant groups living in Middle East countries, improve education, housing, health services, and employment for these communities, prevent discrimination, improve human rights, and provide them with access to social and public services. The main objective of the center is to conduct social, cultural, and artistic activities in order to ensure Dom groups become active members of the society in counties where they settle, participate in and contribute to economic, social, cultural, civil, and political life of these countries, develop socially and culturally as these communities are socially and culturally risky and disadvantaged communities, and ensure cohesion in the society within the framework of coexistence, dialogue, and solidarity to fight against prejudices and discrimination. In this context, the center creates strategies and action plans, and aims to conduct cultural studies in countries where Dom communities and other relevant groups live in cooperation with public institutions and civil society organizations.
“Kırkayak Kültür – Dom Research Center has conducted a comprehensive study in the Middle East to describe the living conditions of Dom communities. Kırkayak Kültür was founded in 2011 in Gaziantep as a civil society organization to advocate for disadvantaged groups and minorities who are socially and culturally at risk, and carries out activities aimed at integrating them in the society through dialogue and solidarity, ending prejudices and discrimination against them. Since the massive influx of refugees in Turkey, and especially in the region of Gaziantep, the association has also been working specifically with minorities among refugee groups and conducting rights-based work on the problems of Syrian migrants. The association runs culture and arts workshops in neighbourhoods with Dom populations to support the education and school attendance of children in the Middle East. Researchers at the association have been conducting academic and non-academic researches, field visits and a mapping study on such needs of Dom groups in the Middle East. Currently, they are carrying a study on the living conditions and problems of Syrian Dom communities in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, together with possible solutions. Kırkayak Kültür has been actively informing NGOs and public institutions, and accelerating bureaucratic procedures and processes in order to secure the necessary permits for the tent sites established by the Dom groups in the region and to establish a network among local and international organizations supporting the rights of Dom communities. Since many years, the experts of Kırkayak Kültür Dom Research Workshop have been publishing a great number of articles and surveys and exhibiting photos related the situation of Dom and related groups in conflict in Middle East also in order to sensitize public opinion and the international community on the subject.
Middle East Gypsies web site hes been prepared to present “The Project on Supporting the rights of Dom and other related minorities from Syria seeking asylum in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey” which has been implemented between 2017-2019 by Kırkayak Kültür and supported by European Commission under European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) programme.