HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Turkish human rights reco...

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 01:41 PM

 

Turkish human rights record will keep it out of the European Union

Anyone who reads the international news about such things knows that Turkish President Erdogan's recent big victory at the polls was immediately preceded by a crackdown on (and arrests of) many of his political opponents, especially journalists. While that alone would raise eyebrows in EU human rights circles, the current mass, violent arrests of anti-government demonstrators and the Turkish military occupation of parts of Northwestern Iraq only further diminish Turkey's hopes to soon become a member state of the European Union.




Police use pepper spray against demonstrators during a protest over the arrest of journalists in Ankara, Turkey, November 27, 2015 (Reuters)


'No human rights policy discount for Turkey' declares top German civil liberties official


Turkey must improve its human rights record before it can justify admission to the EU, claims Germany’s Human Rights Commissioner Christoph Strässer, adding that under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the situation in the country has "deteriorated" drastically.

Asked whether the EU will make any concessions for Ankara's membership, Strässer replied: “This concern drives me. There can be no human rights policy discount for Turkey. We must not be generous towards Turkey just because presently we cooperate more with it. The EU must stick to its crystal-clear strict rules with respect to human rights and press freedom,” he told Germany's N24 news website. Turkey first sought EU membership back in 1987, but its bid has made little progress since then, with key issues like fundamental freedoms and the future of Cyprus proving to be major obstacles.

“It seems to me that Turkey is trying to use the situation in Syria and its geopolitical tussle with Russia in order to bring this potential EU membership back on the agenda,” journalist Bryan MacDonald noted, sharing his opinion on Turkish membership in the EU with RT. “However, I think it is ‘pie in the sky’ - it is just kind words they are getting from the EU because they are useful to NATO and the EU at the moment. I don’t see any possibility that 80 million Turks who are Muslims in a largely Christian EU will ever be allowed to join the organization,” he added.

(snip)

Erdogan’s regime used “state security” as an excuse to cover up its smuggling of arms into Syria and persecute the journalists who revealed it, the imprisoned editor-in-chief of the Turkish Cumhuriyet newspaper, Can Dundar, wrote in the Guardian on Tuesday. “Turkey’s regime not only smuggled guns into Syria, it used ‘state security’ as an excuse to imprison the journalists who reported it,” Dundar wrote.

(snip)



Read more at: https://www.rt.com/news/327533-germany-turkey-eu-membership/


5 replies, 1598 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply Turkish human rights record will keep it out of the European Union (Original post)
another_liberal Dec 2015 OP
LittleBlue Dec 2015 #1
another_liberal Dec 2015 #2
leveymg Dec 2015 #3
another_liberal Dec 2015 #4
eissa Dec 2015 #5

Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 01:49 PM

1. Good

 

They should never be rewarded for this. Their people can't even criticize Ataturk.

It's long past time we cracked down on these states.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to LittleBlue (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 01:57 PM

2. I agree . . .

 

Germany has admitted its national guilt for the Nazi policies of genocide against Europe's Jews and other minorities. One will get arrested in Turkey for even mentioning their early 20th Century genocide against the Ottoman Armenians. That is the official government policy there.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 02:09 PM

3. Not to mention providing massive material support, arms and safe haven for terrorists.

But, by that standard, the US, UK and France might also not make it into the EU.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 02:19 PM

4. In a resonably fair world, that would be true . . .

 

Of course in this world, none of the rules apply to the United States, or anyone else to whom we don't want them to apply.

The way in which we employ our fleeting status as the only "Superpower" is fraught with really terrible precedents for other major powers, regarding what obligations (if any) they must have to international law.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to another_liberal (Original post)

Thu Dec 31, 2015, 02:34 PM

5. Genocide deniers should be kept out of EU

Acknowledge historical facts, stop supplying terrorists, and then MAYBE they can be considered.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread