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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Turkey's foreign minister says Israel's human rights violations are the worst

From Bloomberg:
Israel is at the “very top of the list” when it came to human-rights violations, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said, showing little thaw in relations between the once-close countries.

Davutoglu was speaking at Ankara’s Esenboga Airport before leaving for a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, where ministers from around the world will meet to discuss a coordinated response to Colonel Muammar Qaddafi’s crackdown against anti-regime rebels in Libya.

“If you’re going to make a list ranking human-rights violations, Israel’s probably at the very top of the list,” Davutoglu said in remarks carried today by Turkey’s state-run Anatolia news agency.
Turkey's human rights record is far worse than Israel's. has extrajudicially killed hundreds of citizens and is complicit in the murders of thousands of Kurds. Hundreds of others have "disappeared." It routinely tortures its citizens in prison, and hundreds of prisoners are thought to have been tortured to death. It has laws that curtail freedom of expression. Human rights activists are in constant danger.

No wonder Davutoglu wants to divert the UN's attention to Israel.