No: 66, 4 March 2017, Press Release Regarding The 2016 Human Rights Report Of The U. S. Department Of State , 04.03.2017
Protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms and attaining the
highest international standards are among the main targets of our country,
as confirmed by the comprehensive reforms that have been achieved to date.
The U.S. Department of State's human rights report on Turkey is one of the
routine documents being prepared annually for more than 190 countries to be
submitted to the US Congress. The parts of the latest report regarding
Turkey, as released on 3 March 2017, comprise unacceptable allegations,
misrepresentations and interpretations that do not reflect reality.
In this period, when we are faced with unprecedented threats of terrorism
posed against the survival of our nation and state, misrepresentation of
our legitimate struggle against terrorist organizations, in particular
FETO, PKK, DHKP-C and DAESH, in a way that do not reflect the realities
have caused deep disappointment.
In this context, it is denotative that the report makes no reference to the
role of FETO elements in the 15th July coup attempt as well as the fact
that FETO leadership resides in the US.
On the other hand, description of our fight against the PKK terrorist
organization as "internal conflict" is totally unacceptable.
We also regret that the report falls short of acknowledging the necessity
of measures to be taken in order to protect the fundamental rights and
freedoms of our citizens; as well as our unprecedented efforts, under such
circumstances, towards a total of 3.2 million refugees, the vast majority
of which is constituted by the Syrians.
It is clear that this report, which ignores information and opinions
provided by our authorities within the understanding of constructive
cooperation, fails to claim any basis in terms of objectivity. This kind of
approach, which would only serve to harm the credibility of the report,
will have significant consequences for the continuation of the cooperation
which were extended by us in the process of preparation of earlier reports.
Our efforts to further strengthen fundamental rights and freedoms will
continue unabated, while our fight against terrorism, which in itself is a
violation of human rights, is carried out in determination.