The Director of Communications of the Presidency of the Republic, Fahrettin Altun, in a series of posts on Twitter says that the report of the US Department of Human Rights is far from reality.
Altun writes in English that Turkey does not consider human rights a domestic policy issue, but a universal issue.
Human rights and dignity are universal values that Turkey values and brings to the agenda in all international forums. Our President Erdogan speaks fearlessly about the unjust treatment and injustices all over the world and regularly calls on world leaders to act.
– Fahrettin Altun (@fahrettinaltun) April 1, 2021
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been virtually the only voice against human rights abuses in the region and the world, Altun notes, adding that Turkey has made the greatest progress on human rights under AK governments.
The report presents unfair criticism against Turkey, the Director of Communications wrote on Twitter, underlining Turkey’s sensitivity to human rights in its fight against terrorism.
“Turkey is waging its war against the PKK, FETO and Daesh, given the balance between security and the rights and freedoms of our people,” he said.
Altun described terrorist organizations as the biggest obstacle to freedoms.
“Turkey has always kept the door to political dialogue open with the EU, as well as the US, and continues to do so. However, our red line is the safety and security of our people. “
Altun notes that the State Department’s report on human rights is out of touch with reality and that unfair criticism of the government’s fight against terrorism and the government’s efforts to ensure the safety of citizens can not be taken seriously.
Earlier, the Turkish Foreign Ministry rejected the State Department report on human rights violations in Turkey, saying it contained “baseless” and “biased” allegations against the country.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the Foreign Ministry notes that the “Turkey 2020 Human Rights Report” is again far from being objective and contains baseless allegations and biased interpretations based on unclear sources.
The Foreign Ministry criticized the report on the content of the name of the Gülen network, which Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdo .an, as a terrorist organization.
“This shows that the US still fails to understand our just fight against this terrorist organization, ignores the concrete evidence we have given regarding this terrorist organization and is being instrumentalized once again by certain circles during the drafting of the report,” the statement said. .
The ministry also denied allegations of Turkish counter-terrorism operations in Syria.
“There can be no explanation for the repetition of such accusations, despite the fact that they were previously denied by the Turkish authorities on various occasions.”
“On the other hand, it is worth noting that while various PKK / YPG violations are mentioned in the report, its terrorist attacks against Syrians as well as separatist actions aimed at undermining Syria’s territorial integrity are not taken into account,” the ministry said.
“It is also unacceptable for the report to contain allegations that ignore the fact that the PKK is a terrorist organization and expands support for the claims of terrorism-related circles.”
Finally, the Ministry reaffirmed Turkey’s determination to promote and protect human rights.
“On the basis of democracy and the rule of law, Turkey will continue its efforts to promote and protect the rights of its citizens as well as those of the millions it is hosting,” the statement concluded.