Impacts of Recent Growth in Istanbul

The designation of Istanbul as one of the European cultural capitals has boosted growth in the hotel industry. New sites are opening daily due to that. Growth in the past five years has seen a substantial increase even during the current experiences of economic crisis.
Over the years, Istanbul has enjoyed a high rate of tourism where a lot of international conferences take place (Lawson 1981). It is the only metropolis where two continents, namely Europe and Asia, meet: that synthesizes two different cultures (Lawson 1981). The growth has seen the country’s wealth progress thus improving the lives of individuals and raising its relations with other countries.

Istanbul's growth has contributed to some bad things. The poor families of the area have faced evacuation to make way for expansion of large housing development; the areas of Sulukule, Tarlabasi have experienced plights, and the Ayazma area experienced gentrification (Enlil & Merey 2011). Growth of settlement and transportation system has damaged the natural environment. It has threatened agricultural areas, water bodies, forests, and water collection areas of Istanbul. All of these natural resources are becoming extinct (Enlil & Merey 2011).
Mary Robinson, a former commissioner of Human right of the United Nations, talks about the issue of human rights and human dignity (Salomon & Margot 2010). She insists that it is the responsibility of every government to maintain and uphold the dignity and the fundamental human rights standards which influence all aspects of growth and globalization (Bin 2011).
Unfortunately, the events happening in Istanbul are a violation of human rights. Displacement of the poor and the low waged people portrays government tyranny on its people. If she were to write today about the whole issue, she would include the cases happening in Istanbul and the way to go about handling people’s rights in achieving economic growth.

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