Human rights abuse rampant in Turkey – British lawyers

The inquiry’s findings, which were published Monday, were that some 40,000 police officers, civil servants, judges and public prosecutors were removed from their posts since 2013. Drawing attention to Erdogan administration’s egregious restriction of freedom of expression, the 95-page report called for legal action against the Turkish government from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). 

“From the perspective of international human rights law, we consider that the Turkish government has perpetrated significant human rights violations against supporters of the Gulen movement that would justify legal action before the European Court of Human Rights, in the absence of suitable remedies in Turkey,” the authors of the report said.

The authors warned that the pattern of human rights violations represents a step backward away from democracy in Turkey.

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“We have analyzed the actions taken by the Turkish government and its agents since December 2013 and have unanimously concluded that there has been a distinct reversal in the reform process that had been taking place since Turkey began accession talks with the European Union in 2005,” they said.

“We regard this as a serious setback for Turkish democracy and its respect for human rights, in particular for the freedom of speech and the rule of law.”

The report was written by four leading British lawyers, including Lord Woolf, a former lord chief justice, and Sir Edward Garnier QC, a Conservative MP and former solicitor general. Funding for the report was provided by the US-based Journalist and Writers Foundation, whose honorary chairman is Gulen, an erstwhile Erdogan ally but current critic.

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The report focuses on the AK party government’s persecution of any groups or individuals with ties to Gulen or Hizmet, his influential spiritual and social movement.

Turkey has been under increasing international scrutiny following the arrest of two Vice News journalists and the raid on the Gulen-affiliated Koza Ipek group last month.

Before being relocating to the US in 1999, Gulen was one of Erdogan’s most prominent supporters. However, their relationship began to fall apart as Erdogan grew suspicions about Gulen’s growing influence.

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Polish Media Blames Turkey for Flood of Illegal Immigrants in Europe






Wiadomości, a popular television news program in Poland, claims Turkey is behind the mass migration of illegal immigrants into Europe.

Faced with social and economic problems created by the presence of more than two million Syrian refugees in the country, Turkey planned and financed the mass migration, according to the Wiadomości website.

Turkey is “supplying (the migrants) with the necessary means for… the long journey toward the dream of Europe,” Thomas Otłowski writes.

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, used the “tragic death of a little Alyan… as a pretext for cynical statements about how the West (the European Union) is responsible for ‘the transformation of the Mediterranean into a graveyard’ of refugees,” Wiadomości claims.

The corporate media has used a photo of the drowned Syrian child Alyan washed up on a beach near the Aegean resort town Bodrum to highlight the refugee crisis and call for humanitarian aid.

In addition to “cleaning” refugee camps in Turkey, Wiadomości claims the government has turned a blind eye to “the activities of organized gangs of smugglers” who assist the effort to move thousands of migrants by sea to the Greek islands of Lesbos, Kos and Samos where they then travel to Europe.

The relationship between Turkey and Greece has remained hostile since Greece won its independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821.

EU Works with Ankara to Keep Migrants in Turkey

European leaders are currently working with Turkey in “a behind-the-scenes push” to improve conditions for the 2.2 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Politico reported on Sunday.

The issue will be addressed during an emergency meeting of EU bureaucrats on Wednesday.

French President François Hollande said after meeting with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi last week Europe must “work with Turkey” to ensure the refugees “can stay there, find a job, and wait for the situation in Syria to improve.”

Western leaders have increasingly called for direct military intervention in Syria to “improve” conditions. Turkey has long called for military intervention.

On Friday German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier went to Ankara to discuss the crisis with Erdoğan.

Steinmeier said the purpose of his unscheduled trip was to prevent further “chaos” along Europe’s borders as thousands of undocumented immigrants attempt to reach Germany and other European nations offering assistance and social benefits.

Earlier this month the EU said it is preparing a “substantial” aid package for Turkey.

Jean Asselborn, the foreign minister of Luxembourg, told his Turkish counterpart, Feridun Sinirlioglu, it is the EU’s “responsibility” to “financially support a country which is confronted with a problem, involving huge costs.”

“It’s not that we want to buy Turkey off for blocking the route to those who want to come to Europe,” Asselborn said.

“It’s about providing support on the one hand, and, on the other hand, avoiding the anarchy we’re seeing at borders where asylum seekers are entering,” he said.

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Turkish Foreign Minister blames Assad for Syrian refugee crisis

Feridun Sinirlioglu during a press conference with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz [left]

Feridun Sinirlioglu during a press conference with his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz [left]Turkey cannot prevent all Syrian refugees from risking their lives in order to cross into Europe, Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu said on Saturday.

“We cannot solve this problem through security precautions. Turkey, of course, will take every security measure but we need to eradicate the causes of this problem,” Sinirlioglu told a press conference in Ankara alongside his Austrian counterpart, Sebastian Kurz.

Turkey hosts the highest number of refugees in the world. According to the UN, there are 1.9 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey alone as of August 25.

Sinirlioglu also said that Turkey had saved more than 50,000 people from being drowned in the Aegean Sea.

During the press meeting, Kurz voiced his support for the creation of safe zone inside Syria.

In the face of the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe, Austria reintroduced border checks in an attempt to manage the crisis.

Europe, which is facing what is being described as the worst refugee crisis in the continent since the World War II, recently decided to accept up to 140,000 refugees.

Kurz said Austria appreciated Turkey’s efforts to host more than two million Syrian refugees.

The Turkish foreign minister ruled out Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad being part of a political solution to the five-year-old civil war which has left tens of thousands of people dead and millions displaced.

“Assad is the source of all these problems. A tyrant who declared war on his people cannot take a part in the political solution,” Sinirlioglu said.

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Turkey reiterates call for Syria safe zone in a meeting with German Foreign Minister

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Ankara yesterday

Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Ankara yesterdayTurkey on Friday renewed its call for establishing safe zones within Syria. “Turkey still thinks that areas must be created in some regions at least to make those people to feel safe,” Turkish Foreign Minister Feridun Sinirlioglu told a joint press conference with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

The Turkish foreign minister also said that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “is already buried in history as a leader who declared war on its own people.”

“Assad cannot have a role anymore in Syria’s future,” said Sinirlioglu, adding that as long as he stayed in power, Syrians will continue to suffer from chaos and confusion in the country.

‘Turkey’s role about Syrian refugees is invaluable’

The German foreign minister applauded Turkey’s policy on Syrian refugees.

“We know how hard it is to host more than 2 million refugees,” said Steinmeier, adding that Europe should make a call for helping Syria’s and Iraq’s neighbors shouldering the burden.

Steinmeier said Turkey is an important power in the region and a country whose input is vital to find an end to the conflict in Syria.

“I am sure that Turkey will be successful in its efforts for solving this problem,” he said.

In a separate press appearance Friday in Ankara with Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, Sinirlioglu said the EU wanted to cooperate with Turkey for the solution of the refugee crisis.

“We welcome this yet the first thing to do is to end the crisis in Syria. The elimination of this issue [the refugee crisis] is not possible unless the crisis and the civil war in Syria ends. There are people there that live under the oppression of a cruel regime and flee the country only to survive.”

“We can keep these people in their country when we create a place for them to live under protection, a safe zone to be secure from the barrel bombs. As the international community and the EU we should work all together to make this happen.”

Sinirlioglu also said Turkey hosts the highest number of refugees in the world. According to the UN, there are 1.9 million Syrian refugees registered in Turkey alone as of Aug. 25.

The UN estimates that more than 250,000 victims have died since the civil war began and 10 million have been displaced – 6 million internally.

Asselborn said: “It is necessary to create safe zones and we see that humanitarian aids are insufficient. We need to work for ending the conflict. We need to evaluate the reasons that lead these people to leave their country.”

Asselborn also said that the EU cannot close its doors on this “tragedy”.

Europe is facing its biggest refugee crisis in decades, with thousands of asylum seekers from Middle East and African countries trying to reach western Europe.

During the press conference with Asselborn, the Turkish foreign minister also touched on recent PKK attacks and the security operations against the terrorist group. “What is happening in Turkey right now is that our security forces are carrying out operations to establish public order against the attacks by the PKK terror organization. Considering this [PKK terrorism] as a ‘problem related to Kurds’ is out of question for us.”

“The issue here is that attacks are launched by a terrorist organisation. Turkey is resolved to give the necessary response to these attacks. Nobody can threaten the public order in Turkey and none of our friends can criticize for what Turkey is doing to establish the public order.”

Following a suicide bomb attack in July – blamed on Daesh – in the south eastern province of Sanliurfa that killed over 30 people, the terrorist PKK organization has renewed armed attacks especially targeting Turkish military and police forces.

Since July, more than 100 members of the security forces have been martyred and hundreds of PKK terrorists killed in operations across Turkey and northern Iraq, including airstrikes.

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PKK terrorist attack martyrs two police officers and injures five others in Turkey

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Turkish flagAt least two police officers have been martyred and five others injured in a bomb-laden car attack in Turkey’s South Eastern province of Sirnak on Sunday, Anadolu Agency reported.

According to security sources, PKK terrorists attacked police officers with a bomb-laden car and long-barreled weapons at 5.30 a.m. local time (02:30GMT) on the Sirnak-Uludere highway.

The wounded were taken to Sirnak State Hospital.

Sources added that six terrorists were also killed after the attack.

An air-assisted operation has been launched in the region to apprehend the terrorists.

Turkey has seen a surge in violence since the PKK terrorist organization resumed its armed campaign at the end of July. More than 100 Turkish security personnel have been martyred in attacks mainly in Turkey’s South Eastern provinces.

Meanwhile, in Turkey’s South Eastern province of Diyarbakir, one police officer was martyred and another one injured in another attack by PKK terrorist organization on Sunday.

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Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey’s Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley

Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen’s Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama’s New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran’s Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS !

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Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey’s Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley

Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen’s Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama’s New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran’s Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS !

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Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey’s Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley

Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen’s Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama’s New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran’s Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS !

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Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey’s Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley

Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen’s Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama’s New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran’s Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS !

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Latest Debacle Plays Out Treacherous Logic of Turkey’s Erdogan and US ISIS Czar Allen, by Webster G. Tarpley

Al Qaeda Cleared Out, “Free Syrian Army” Ran Away, so Caliphate Took Over Vital Territory– as per Allen’s Calculations; Time for Obama to Reject Calls for US Divisions, Unleash Kurds, Demand Turkey Finally Interdict Border with Syria; Allen Implicated in Fake Optimism of “Reworked” Pentagon Reports of US Phony War on ISIS; Obama’s New Syria Envoy Ratney Sensibly Starting Work in Moscow Amidst Intensive Diplomacy Seeking Non-Military Solution; Neocons Hysterical Over Iran Nuclear Accord, but Obama May Have Senate Votes to Win on First Round as UK, Germany Rush to Seek Tehran’s Business; New York Times, in Best Judith Miller Tradition, Inveighs Against Deal; #FireAllen4ISIS !

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