Well, Mr. Turkey, how serious are you? Your intelligent, upwardly mobile citizens would like to see it happen. You tell us you have gone to great lengths to update your human rights practices (anyone remember Midnight Express??), you tell us you want it, but wait...
You don't allow your citizens freedom of speech?
A Kurd can't call themselves a Kurd, and still function in normal society.
An accomplished, global author can't speak out about the situation in Turkey without facing a prison sentence. Because Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk spoke about the Armenian genocide and the ongoing struggle between Turkish forces and Kurdish "guerillas" in an interview with a Swiss newspaper, he has been charged with the "public denigrating of Turkish identity". Apparently, these topics, along with others, are taboo in Turkish society.
Under Turkish law, people can be jailed for differing with the government's line on the deaths, as well as on the presence of Turkish troops in Cyprus, which Turkey invaded in 1974, and other "fundamental national interests."
Sounds like a freedom loving E.U. country, doesn't it?
Turkey's penal code was revised this year in hopes of bringing laws on freedom of expression closer to international standards, as demanded by the European Union, which Turkey wants to join. Organizations representing writers and journalists say more changes are needed.
No kidding. Turkey doesn't seem to have the best interests of their citizens at heart. For the zillionth time, I will say how surprised I am that a country that is trying to modernize and be part of a global community can blatantly deny reality, or face the facts (and mistakes) of its tragic past. Or maybe I'm not surprised. But if Turkey wants to look to the future and have a chance at E.U. membership, they are going to have to start letting reality sink in. They will have to give up their pride, make some admissions, and move forward. Perhaps Turkey needs some psychotherapy, to bring these repressed memories to light. Sure, it won't be easy. But it would be a real step of good faith on their part.
Will it guarantee their admission into the E.U.? Of course not. But it would be a start.
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