Erdogan accuses the West of "barbarism" and Islamophobia in the war in Gaza

2023-12-09 20:09:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
Erdogan accuses the West of "barbarism" and Islamophobia in the war in
The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a human rights speech on Saturday to accuse the West of "barbarism" in its stance on the war between Israel and Hamas - the radical Palestinian group designated a terrorist organization by the US and EU.

"Israel has committed massacres and atrocities that will shame all humanity," Erdogan told a packed hall in Istanbul, a day before the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

"All values ??related to humanity are being killed in Gaza. In the face of such brutality, international institutions and human rights organizations are not taking concrete steps to prevent these violations," said the Turkish leader.

The Declaration of Human Rights, promulgated by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948, maintains a standard for human rights and freedoms for all people.

Referring to the veto the United States used on Friday against a United Nations resolution calling for a cease-fire in Gaza, Erdogan said it was possible to have a fairer world "but not with America, because it stands by Israel... From now on, humanity will not think that the USA supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights". Turkey, during the two decades under Erdogan's leadership, has often been criticized for human rights, mainly due to attacks on government critics and political opponents, undermining the independence of the judiciary and weakening democratic institutions.

Turkey withdrew from the Istanbul Convention on the prevention of violence against women and has failed to implement the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights. On Saturday, the Turkish president said that the only value "the West stands for is barbarism." We have seen this example of the barbarism of the West in all the unfortunate events which they have either supported or caused."

Erdogan cited the attack on a mosque in New Zealand in 2019, where a gunman killed 51 people, as an Islamophobic attack that was "legitimized" and "even encouraged" by the West./ Rel

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