AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: RACIAL MOTIVE IN ATTACKS ON ARMENIANS MUST BE INVESTIGATED
14:58, January 30, 2013
Yesterday, The Turkish Branch Of Amnesty International (Ai) Called
for an immediate and thorough investigation into a recent spate of
attacks against Armenians in Istanbul.
AI declared that Turkish authorities have an obligation to investigate
any alleged racist and/or religious bias behind the perpetration of
these crimes according to the European Convention of Human Rights,
ratified by Turkey.
The AI statement reads:
“Hate crimes constitute a serious form of discrimination. State
authorities have not only to refrain from discriminating themselves
but also exercise due diligence to prevent and combat discrimination
from private parties.
“It is regrettable that Turkish legislation does not foresee any
legislative and policy measures ensuring that hate motives are
systematically and thoroughly investigated and duly taken into account
in the prosecution and sentencing.
“Police insist that they are investigating the cases thoroughly.
However, Amnesty International is concerned at public statements made
by the authorities discounting the possibility of a racist motivation
to the attacks.”
Photo: Amnesty International