‘Human rights are terrorism’, Turkey’s Erdogan claims


This video says about itself:

November 28, 2015: Kurdish human rights lawyer Tahir Elçi was shot and killed Saturday in the southern Turkish city of Diyarbakir.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Turkey: Four academics put on trial over ‘terrorist propaganda’

Saturday 23rd April 2016

FOUR Turkish academics went on trial yesterday in Istanbul for allegedly spreading “terrorist propaganda” in the latest crackdown on dissent by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

The four academics were among a group of more than 1,000 scholars who signed a declaration in January criticising the government’s brutal military operations on majority-Kurdish areas of the country since last July.

They were arrested last month after holding a news conference during which they stood by the declaration.

Hundreds of civilians have been killed in the military sieges of south-eastern cities in response to renewed Kurdistan Workers’ Party attacks.

Mr Erdogan has resorted to laws against insulting the presidency on more than 1,000 occasions since his election in 2014.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the courthouse in Istanbul to show their support for the Cumhuriyet newspaper’s chief editor Can Dundar and Ankara representative Erdem Gul, as well as the four academics.

The in-camera trial of Mr Dundar and Mr Gul resumed in a separate chamber of the Istanbul court, but was adjourned again until May 6.

The two are accused of espionage and aiding terrorists by publishing photos of National Intelligence Organisation arms shipments to Syrian terrorists.

Journalism can never be described as espionage,” said opposition MP Garo Paylan. “Journalism is about revealing misdeeds by the state and relaying this to the public.”

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