Turkey criticizes U.N. rights boss for comments on failed coup

By on August 13, 2016

ISTANBUL Turkey on Saturday criticized a Prime U.N. human rights reputable for pronouncing Ankara should stem its “thirst for revenge” after a failed coup try and denied folks’s rights were being violated in a purge of officers and skilled ranks.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein referred to as on Ankara this week to uphold the rights of detainees held because the July 15-Sixteen abortive putsch.

Authorities have suspended, detained or begun investigating tens of lots of squaddies, police, judges, journalists and civil servants.

Turkish overseas ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic, in a statement, mentioned Zeid’s comments were unacceptable.

“It’s at perfect an unlucky observation for a UN legitimate tasked with guarding human rights to claim ‘he has no sympathy’ for coup plotters instead of condemning these terrorists who’ve attempted a bloody coup,” Bilgic mentioned.

Western allies fear that President Tayyip Erdogan is using the putsch and the purge that has adopted to tighten his grip on power.

But many Turks are angered via what they see as an absence of Western sympathy over a violent coup attempt by using a rogue faction within the Turkish defense force the use of fighter jets, helicopters and tanks in which 240 people died.

Erdogan vowed to rid Turkey of the network of U.S.-primarily based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers in the safety forces, judiciary and civil carrier he accuses of orchestrating the attempted energy grab and of plotting to overthrow the state.

Gulen denies these expenses.

Bilgic mentioned Turkey’s measures following the coup have been consistent with the basic principles of rule of regulation and human rights and repeated Ankara’s calls for the Commissioner to talk over with the united states of america.

(Reporting with the aid of Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by Richard Balmforth)

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