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Opinion: The human dignity in the face of hypocrisy


written by Costas Mavrides MEP   (S&D &DIKO),

D-TRDelegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee

Judiciary in Turkey had always been an instrument of the regime from the Kemalists generals to the President Erdogan’s  “Neo-Ottomanist regime“. Courts in Turkey simply don’t exist anymore. Currently there are only “President Erdogan’s Courts” that serve him while he considers that “the judiciary in Turkey is more fair than in any other European country”.

Turkish journalist Abdullah Bozkurt  who has been in exile in Sweden discloses dirty little secrets regarding Turkey, since kemalism until today, with the aim of influencing certain officials in various key positions.  From politicians, academics, journalists and diplomats of foreign states to judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg! Into these “great exploits” of Turkey through blackmail and corruption, including interference with judges at the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg for a case involving the Republic of Cyprus. The reporter also lists Karl Bild’s (Sweden’s Minister for Foreign Affairs from October 2006 to October 2014) links as he’s openly a current apologist for Turkey’s Erdogan regime.

Incidentally, after the failure of the Annan Plan to reunificate Cyprus, Mr Bild took a leading role- with some Greek Cypriots-to punish the Cypriot government and to reward the breakaway regime. His wife, Anna Maria Corazza Bildt,  who is now a MEP, Sweden (EPP) is the head of the lobby in favour of Erdogan’s regime. Furthermore, bloodthirsty  Hakan Fidan , who heads Turkey’s National Intelligence Agency, is the head of  all regime’s dirty work. It is believed that the massacre in Egypt’s Al Arish province  has been carried out by the Turkish MİT. Or rather, this is a massacre carried out by Hakan Fidan on Erdoğan’s orders.

Against to all these people “related to corruption”, there are still some people who resist with boldness. The two co-chairmen of the  Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in Turkey,  Selahattin Demirtas ( of Kurdish origin) and Figen Yuksekdag (of  Turkish origin) who have been detained in different prisons since November 2016 with 7 other deputies had to be brought to court this month. The regime accuses them for “establishment of an armed terrorist organization” , “terrorist propaganda” (*) etc… After a year, the only evidence against them are the public speeches they had done for years! Turkey’s government soughts to imprison him for up to 142 years. In addition, the Kurdish leader is being tried in absentia after the court denied his right to attend, insisting he use a video link from the prison in which he is being held — an option he refused.

Consequently, the courts in Turkey are just an instrument for promoting the mandates of the regime. Courts are only in name. However,  the  ECHR (Strasbourg) rejected the request of the evicted to appeal directly to the European Court  and demands that all “Turkish appeals” to be addressed and exhausted first in Turkey! We’re faced with so much hypocrisy from the highest level of fairness and respect in Europe.

In the face of hypocrisy, Demirtas’ statement to “Erdogan’s Prosecutor” remains a timeless monument of dignity of humanity:

 “We are the elected representatives of people. We are not representing ourselves but the masses who elected us. We are member of parliament with a parliamentary immunity. I will not allow to disrespect the will of my people. I refuse to be an actor this judicial theatre that started just because Erdogan ordered it. I will not answer to your questions. Even bringing me here is illegal. Being in parliament or in prison, we will continue to defend our ideas and struggle. We have no doubt that we will get our country and people rid of this fascistic regime under the name of presidency. Sooner or later the democratic struggle will win. The regime under Erdogan will change. I have no requests or expectations from you. Only my people can question me for my political activities”. – Demirtas, Nov 2016.

Even if Demirtas remains still in prison, the young leader with his courage preserves the dignity of humanity.

Costas Mavrides, MEP (S&D) 

costas.mavrides@europarl.europa.eu
*Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the  position of Eyes on Europe & the Middle East.Translation made by Eyes on Europe & the Middle East. 
  • Notes:

*1. Ankara accuses HDP of having ties to the PKK, a named terrorist organization. In May 2016, the Turkish parliament voted to lift immunity from a select group of lawmakers, including many HDP members.

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Azerbaïdjan-France: Quand M. Hollande, le Président Français partait en voyage d’affaires// When my President is on a business trip


  • English:

AFP reported that the court, on the 5th of September,was going to hear an unprecedented defamation lawsuit by Azerbaijan against two French journalists in a case that critics describe as an attempt by the ex-Soviet republic to “export its censorship to France.”

The case opens a day after a media investigation revealed that Azerbaijan has allegedly been using a a 2.8-billion-dollar slush fund to buy political influence in Europe and boost the country’s international image.
A French court began hearing a lawsuit by Azerbaijan’s government against two French journalists it accuses of defamation, in a case described by the defendants and media freedom activists as an attempt by Azerbaijani authorities to export censorship beyond the country’s borders.
The lawsuit against the two television journalists has been slammed by the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) as “an act of intimidation highlighting the Azerbaijani government’s contempt for free speech.”
This is the first time a foreign government has brought a defamation suit against journalists before a French court, according to RSF.
Investigative journalist and television host Elise Lucet and journalist and film-maker Laurent Richard are accused of defaming the Azerbaijani government by referring to it as a “dictatorship” when the former Soviet republic received a visit from then French president Francois Hollande two years ago and the reporting was titled: Mon président est en voyage d’affaires (When my President is on a business trip).The journalists were at the time working on a programme for France 2 television called “Cash Investigation” about the background to Hollande’s trip.
Richard was arrested and later released in Azerbaijan at the end of his reporting trip to cover Hollande’s visit to the oil-rich country of 10 million people in in the South Caucasus region.

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