Saturday, October 15, 2005

US government agency blasts Turkey over Pamuk prosecution

Members of a U.S. government human rights group sent a letter this week to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan calling on him to authorize the removal of charges on the internationally acknowledged writer, Orhan Pamuk, who was recently indicted for speaking openly on the Armenian question and charged with “public denigration of the Turkish identity.” “Turkey has come a long way in terms of human rights, but the Pamuk case and the ongoing controversy over the treatment of Armenians during World War I leave a cloud hanging over Turkish democracy,” said Senator Sam Brownback, chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, which monitors rights issues, mostly in Europe.

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