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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Erdogan)

"Erdogan Could Face an Arrest Warrant in Sweden as..."



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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (Turkish pronunciation: [ɾeˈd͡ʒep tajˈjip ˈæɾ] ( listen); born 26 February 1954) is the 12th and current President of Turkey, in office since 2014. He previously served as the Prime Minister of Turkey from 2003 to 2014 and as the Mayor of İstanbul from 1994 to 1998. Originating from an Islamist political background and as a self-described conservative democrat, his administration has overseen social conservative and liberal economic policies. He founded the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in 2001 and led it to three general election victories in 2002, 2007 and 2011 before standing down as leader upon his election as President in 2014. He is widely expected to pursue his political agenda while his new Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu, takes a more docile approach

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On Monday, five Swedish lawmakers from the Left and Green parties signed the complaint to the Swedish International Public Prosecution Offices with regard to the conflict in Turkey's Kurdish-majority region, where Kurdish militants and Turkish security forces are engaged in clashes since their ceasefire collapsed in 2015.

The lawsuit is the first of its kind in Sweden against a head of state and it also names several Turkish ministers, including Prime Minister Binali Yildirim.

"We are five lawmakers handing in a complaint... (requesting) punishment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes," Annika Lillemets, an MP for the Left party, told a news conference in Stockholm.

A 2014 law in Sweden allows the country's courts to judge cases of alleged crimes against humanity, no matter where the crime is committed and who the perpetrator is.

The legislation says that "anyone, who in order to completely or partially destroy a national or ethnic group of people" kills, causes serious pain or injury is "guilty of genocide.”

The Swedish Public Prosecution Offices said it would decide whether to launch a preliminary investigation, noting, "It may take a while.”

According to the lawmakers, Erdogan could face an arrest warrant in Sweden if prosecutors decide to launch the probe.

Carl Schlyter, a legislator for the Greens, expressed hope that other lawmakers in European countries would take similar measures against the Turkish president.

"If (Erdogan) is hindered from roaming around in Europe and influencing European countries the way he wants, then I hope that this will affect his politics," he said.

In March, the UN Human Rights Office issued a report on allegations of "massive destruction, killings and numerous other serious human rights violations committed" between July 2015 and December 2016 in southeastern Turkey.

Turkish military forces have been conducting ground operations as well as airstrikes against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in Turkey’s troubled southeastern border region and Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region since 2015.

on July 12, 2017

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The New York Times reviewed videos and photos to track the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week. Many of the protesters were American citizens.
The men kicked people lying on the ground and put a woman in a chokehold just a mile from the White House. They outnumbered the protesters nearly two to one.
The State Department has condemned the episode, and some American lawmakers have called for the men to be prosecuted. But none have been charged with a crime. Here’s what video of the main actors shows about the identities of the men and the roles they played in the clash.

on May 28, 2017

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The Human Rights Foundation is ensuring that upon Erdogan's arrival he knows he isn't welcome.

The Turkish dictator is a man so exquisitely sensitive that he imprisoned a man who shared a meme on social media comparing him to the character Gollum from Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (the accused was sentenced to one year in prison). Beyond being thin-skinned, Erdogan is also a ruthless tyrant. We placed ads in several Washington DC newspapers. Here is the one from the Express (owned by Washington Post). We made sure to spread our message across the political spectrum. Consequently, we also placed an ad in the Washington Times. #ErdoganOut is the hashtag we are using.

on May 20, 2017

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#SmokingGun: Voice of America - VOA video captures exact moment of pro-Erdogan forces rushing the police line and brutally beating Kurdish, Armenian and Yezidi human rights protesters in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC

on May 18, 2017

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Europe of staring a “clash” between Christianity and Islam with a ruling allowing employers to ban headscarves as part of wider restrictions on religious and political symbols.

Speaking hours after his foreign minister warned that “holy wars will soon begin”, the Turkish President launched a fresh attack amid an ongoing row over the cancellation of his supporters’ rallies across Europe.

He said the European Court of Justice ruling that upheld the dismissal of two Muslim women who refused to remove their hijabs started a “clash between crescent and cross” in terminology alluding to the Crusades.

on March 23, 2017

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Turkey’s president has accused Germany of “mercilessly supporting terrorism” - the latest in a string of insults traded between Ankara and its Nato allies in northern Europe.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s comments, broadcast live on television, threaten to inflame an already volatile diplomatic crisis that erupted at the weekend when the Netherlands blocked Turkish ministers from speaking at a political rally in Rotterdam.

On Saturday, Mr Erdogan branded the Netherlands "Nazi remnants, fascists" after the Dutch government withdrew permission for his Foreign Minister to land there.

on March 19, 2017

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The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he has uncovered evidence that US-led coalition forces have helped support terrorists in Syria – including Isis.

American-led forces have been working alongside Syrian rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad but have attempted to avoid helping Isis and other Islamist militant groups.

However, speaking on Tuesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara, he said he believed they had given support to a variety of militant groups, including Isis Kurdish outfits YPG and PYD.

on December 28, 2016

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Whether to go the whole hog and align himself with the extremist elements propping up the jihadist cause in order to broaden his eroding support base in the country, or still pretend to be moderate for the sake of conserving his fragile ties with the West. He seems embarrassed and weighed down by the dynamics of a fast-evolving situation. Knowing as we do of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s petulance and panache for high-handedness, he may not be expected to take the killing of his envoy lying down. What form his response will take is anybody’s guess. With Mr. Putin showing no signs of reneging on his pledge to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whatever more the Russian leader does will further muddy the waters. He has already imposed a team of a Russian investigators, and this might cause some resentment within the Turkish police.

on December 27, 2016

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged all Muslims to defend the Palestinian cause and said it is their obligation to protect Jerusalem.

Speaking in Istanbul, at a parliamentary symposium on Jerusalem, Erdogan said "it is the common duty of all Muslims to embrace the Palestinian cause and protect Jerusalem" and that safeguarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque should not be left to children, armed with nothing but stones.

He also condemned a proposed Israeli bill on Tuesday that limits "noise levels" at places of worship in Jerusalem, a plan seen as an attempt to silence the Muslim call to prayer.

Erdogan criticised the bill as "irrational" and "conscienceless". 

on December 2, 2016

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The Turkish President has told Donald Trump’s opponents to stop calling the President-elect a “dictator” and respect the results of the US election.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has himself been accused of dictatorial tendencies amid concern over a litany of human rights abuses reported in Turkey, said opponents were angry that the “plan failed”.

Speaking to the Organisation for Islamic Cooperation in Ankara on Wednesday, he said: “In America they started calling Trump a dictator. 

“In various countries of the Europe they spilled into the streets and started saying 'dictator.' Why aren't you respecting the results of the ballot box?

“This is the result that came out of the ballot box. Trump came out. Respect it.”

Mr Trump’s election sparked a wave of concern in Muslim-majority countries following his campaign pledge to put a temporary ban on Muslims entering the US.

But Mr Erdogan brushed off his new ally’s anti-Islamic rhetoric, saying his “mistake will be corrected”.

“We are used to such things in politics,” the Turkish President added according to a translation by Hurriyet.

“Today one speaks this way, then this mistake is corrected. We should not be deceived here.”

Mr Erdogan’s show of support came after the EU's most senior Brexit negotiator named him as one of a “ring of autocrats”alongside Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin who were undermining Europe.

on November 28, 2016
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