Turkey’s PM admits military’s “inhumane treatment” of people in the pastSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 23/01/2013 9:14 am in World / no comments
ANKARA, Jan. 22 — Turkish security forces were involved in “inhumane incidents” in eastern and southeastern region “in the name of struggle against terror,” Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan admitted Tuesday.
In 1980s and 1990s, Turkish military intervened in the region after a coup on Sept. 12, 1980.
“Security forces’ inhumane treatment to mothers and fathers right in front of their children left indelible traumas in the psyche of many children,” Erdogan said at a meeting in his parliamentary group.
Torture, carried out by security forces, deepened “the marshy ground of terror,” the minister noted.
Those inhumane and often illegal acts gave the outlawed Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK) “opportunity, excuse and even means” to expand its violent campaign, Erdogan said.
As Erdogan’s Justice end Development Party (AK Party) took power in 2002, the prime minister claimed that his government launched the policy of zero tolerance to torture.
“Nobody today can say there is torture in Turkey… With the AK Party, cultural pressure and intimidation has ended,” said Erdogan.