(Profile photo courtesy of SPD Schleswig-Holstein)
Conflict at the Top
The German and Turkish Conflict
A Vital Trading Partner
Morals in Germany
A German Warning Against Investment
The Worst-Case Scenario
What this Means for the Movement
Our Hope for Turkey
(Featured image courtesy of Amnesty International)
Thank you for all your hard work Amnesty International. To all our members, they share part of our mission. Our goal now is to work well with them.
What Amnesty International Does
Some of you are unfamiliar with their mission. They attempt to mediate and correct human rights abuses around the world. Every day they help people around the world. Recently, they focused on the Turkish situation.
Mutual Victims of the Purge
Members of Amnesty International are also victims as well. İdil Eser is the Director of Amnesty International in Turkey. Authorities imprisoned him along with other rights crusaders. It’s obvious why they would do this. A mission of freedom and equality isn’t what leaders want in Turkey.
Learning from Amnesty International
Their work also provides a useful blueprint for ours. Events like the World Refugee Day are ones that we want to create. One major goal is a Turkish Refugee Day.
Fostering Joint Events
If you are a regional director then you should create joint events with them. Retweet and post their messages on Turkey. Cooperation helps us all.
Here are a few values that we share on each site:
- Freedom of Expression – We both believe in freedom for imprisoned journalists. Each group wants freedom from imprisonment. No one should ever face jail due to something they said.
- Freedom of Assembly – Authorities banned most forms of assembly in Turkey. Those who persist risk imprisonment. Our organizations agree that this must end.
- Freedom from Torture – We have data from victims about this. It is also likely that many imprisoned Turkish people also suffer in this way. Our groups agree that this must end immediately.
- Excessive Use of Force – There are many examples of this on video. It also isn’t a new problem. They have a history of problems like these. One report mentioned that Journalist Refik Tekin received a gunshot wound from officers. He was helping injured people. We need to protect these people together.
- Impunity for Government Officers – A lack of accountability causes these other abuses. Serious abuses happen every month. It’s harder to fix this problem. Only by influencing powerful people can we correct these abuses.
- Attacks by Armed Groups – Nongovernmental groups attack during this time. When the government isn’t there to protect people this happens. Working together to reinstate a responsible government solves this problem.
- Refugee Rights – Turkey’s current situation creates a huge problem. Many people lost their livelihood due to this. Others face imprisonment if they return. In both situations this local problem becomes one the rest of the world must manage. Repairing Turkey removes this problem.
- Internal Refugees – Not everyone without a place to live leaves the country. There are people inside the country who must move around to avoid authorities. Many of them must also sleep on the streets.
The Next Steps
We urge members in each area to contact their local Amnesty International today. Tell them about our mission and the hard facts. Create partnerships and share membership. None of us is a strong as all of us.
Founder of AJHR Akif Aydin recently wrote an article on the Erdogan situation. Please study his insights to learn more about the situation. (more…)