Saturday, October 22, 2005

Turkish author Pamuk calls for Turkey to guarantee human rights

Frankfurt - Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, 53, called Saturday for human rights and freedom of opinion to be guaranteed in his homeland, where he is to face trial in December over a statement he made in a newspaper interview.

Speaking a day before receiving the German book trade's annual peace prize at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Pamuk said all people in Turkey ought to be able to express their ideas freely.

The author of historical novels, whose book 'Snow' has been an international best-seller, also repeated his past support for Turkey joining the European Union.

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