Centre for Research and Application of Human Rights

Part 3: The State: What For?


The aim of the third part of this TV programme is to help us reflect on the widespread acceptance that human rights exists in order to protect the individuals against the state and to draw attention to a different approach to the state: the raison d’être of the state as an human legal institution is to protect the human rights of the citizens. Such a state has two important functions: to protect its citizens against each other and to administrate what is public in accordance with human rights and their implications in the existing conditions of each state.

In this part of the television programme, hosted by M. Onur Yılmaz, Ioanna Kuçuradi and Gülriz Uygur attempt to answer the question "the state what for?"  by using several examples from the film, “The Reader”, the conditions of denim sandblasting workers with silicosis and the note verbale issued against the vote for moratorium on the death penalty in the General Assembly of United Nations.