Kavala case: It is time for the EU to take concrete action against the Turkish regime
The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (WTO) have condemned the repression suffered by the Algerian protest movement “Hirak” and by human rights activists in Algeria by local authorities.The organizations jointly published, from their observatory for the protection of human rights, a study on the repression of activists in Algeria between 22 February and May 5.
The report provides an accurate timeline of the attacks on human rights defenders in the North African country, more than a year after the start of the popular Hirak movement and amid the current coronavirus pandemic. According to Worldometer, Algeria has recorded 6442 COVID-19 positive cases and 529 deaths so far, while the people recovered are 3158.
According to the report, the repression put in place by the government very often materializes with acts of harassment, even at the judicial level, with arbitrary arrests and unjustified detentions of detainees of the Algerian movement Hirak.The presidential elections of 13 December, won by the already Minister AbdelmadjidTebboune, supported by the army, did not silence the protests. Thousands of people on Hirak’s initiative demonstrated since February 2019 against the candidacy for the fifth time of the elderly and sick President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, died in April 2019.
If the Turkish justice does not release the entrepreneur first, the EU must adopt these sanctions at the next Council meeting between November 30 and December 2. There is no choice. Pretending not to see these crimes against humanity not to irritate the mad sultan means being accomplices of a sick man, comparable to Adolf Hitler. Europe and the United States can no longer be wrong. Or they will have to deal with waves of anger that will overwhelm the member countries, who will be forced to leave this organization without any political weight.
Turkey would be only the second country to be subject to “infringement procedures.” So far, the only government suspended through this procedure has been Russia, between 2017 and 2019, for much more trivial crimes. The November 26 hearing, if it allows for Kavala’s release, should not reconsider these sanctions until all the hundreds of people, journalists, human rights defenders, and political prisoners are released against the Turkish regime