West hypocritical on defending human rights, Erdoğan says


President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks at an event in Istanbul titled, ‘Civilization of Humanity,’ marking the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Dec. 10.

The worst record for human rights belongs to the ones who ‘defend’ these rights the most, Erdoğan said, referring to Western countries. The president also accused Western media, which was promoting the riots in Istanbul during the Gezi Park protests, for overlooking the events in Paris

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused Western countries of not taking an objective approach when it comes to defending human rights. Speaking at an International Human Rights Day event yesterday, Erdoğan criticized European countries and its media for ignoring the unrest in France and the refugee issue. “It does not coincide for those defending human rights today to have the worst record,” Erdoğan said at the “Civilization of Humanity” event, held in Istanbul to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Those who acted as the defenders of human rights during Gezi riots are now feigning ignorance. We have not been able to watch France, the Netherlands or Brussels on the news.”



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