German state minister: Persecuted Turks can apply for asylum in Germany

Michael Roth, Germany's European Affairs Minister
Michael Roth, Germany's European Affairs Minister


Date posted: November 9, 2016

The German minister of state for Europe has said that the country would willingly receive asylum requests. Germany is “open to all those politically persecuted as a matter of principle,” he has told German media.

German Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth said that “the Foreign Office stands in solidarity with all critical intellectuals in Turkey,” according to reports on Wednesday.

While the relevant government authorities are tasked with processing asylum requests, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) member stressed in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt that the government would willingly receive applications.

“Germany is an outward-looking country and is open to all those who are politically persecuted as a matter of principle,” Roth said. “They can apply for asylum in Germany. That applies not just to journalists.”

Roth also spoke out against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s crackdown against opposition lawmakers and critical journalists and academics.

“What is happening in Turkey goes against our understanding of European values, rule of law, democracy and media freedom,” Roth said. “That is why our response to the Turkish government is crystal clear: Not this way!”

Roth also hinted that the European Union’s report concerning Turkey’s ascension to the bloc, due to be published Wednesday, would bear a negative conclusion. “The EU Commission is becoming very discerning and critical about what is working badly – or not at all – in Turkey,” the SPD politician said. “Unfortunately, that currently encompasses many things.”

However, Roth warned against ending membership negotiations. “Such a step would isolate a currently westward-oriented Turkey.”

EU warns of increased ‘polarization’ in Turkey

The statement was published the same day the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged Ankara to resume political dialogue with the opposition, as the state continues to jail rival political figures and critical news outlets.

“The EU and its member states … call on Turkey to safeguard its parliamentary democracy, including the respect for human rights, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and the right of everyone to a fair trial, also in conformity with its commitments as a candidate country (for EU membership),” Mogherini’s statement said. “A return to a credible political process and to a genuine

political dialogue is essential for the country’s democracy and stability in the region.”

Erdogan’s purge 

Since the failed coup attempt against Erdogan in July, the Turkish government has launched a crackdown on large sections of the population, including academics, media, the army and judiciary. Some 35,000 people have been detained, while over 100,000 have been dismissed from official positions.

On Monday, Luxembourg’s foreign minister, Jean Asselborn, said that the Turkish authorities’ purging of officials and critics was reminiscent of Nazi Germany.

“To put it bluntly, these are methods that were used during the Nazi era and that’s a really, really bad development… that the European Union simply cannot accept,” Asselborn said on Monday.

The foreign minister also suggested implementing economic sanctions against Turkey to “counteract the unbearable human rights situation.”

However, Germany has made it clear that it was not participating in any such discussions and that sanctions against an important trading partner would not be on the table. “What we need is a clear and unified European position on the developments in Turkey,” Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday. “We have to make it clear to Turkey what impact the repression of the press and the repression of the opposition will have on its relations with the European Union. That’s why it’s important to keep the channels of communication open.”

However, Ankara has been increasingly vocal in its criticisms towards Germany.  On Tuesday, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused Germany of being a leading supporter of militant opposition groups, such as the Kurdish PKK and far-leftist DHKP-C, both of which have carried out attacks in Turkey.

“Germany thinks that they are a first class country, a first class democracy, and that Turkey is second class,” Cavusoglu said. “We want them to treat us as equal partners.”

Similarly, Erdogan last week labeled Germany an important haven for terror groups, after the German government had refused to extradite alleged members of FETO, the organization led by US-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen. Ankara has accused FETO of orchestrating the July coup attempt.

Source: Deutsche Welle , November 8, 2016


Related News

Something rotten within the government?

It stinks. This is the bluntest description of what the graft probe has revealed so far… So, regardless of the view of the issue as “Erdoğan vs the Hizmet movement,” it boils down to a battle between moral and immoral, clean and dirty, which is the real story of Turkey in the past 12 years. It was not the Hizmet movement, nor liberals, nor other reformists that brought the AKP to power; it was the average people of Turkey.

Prominent Alevi leader welcomes Gülen’s remarks on bridge controversy

HÜSEYİN AYDIN, İSTANBUL Fermani Altun, head of the World Ehl-i Beyt Foundation, a leading Alevi association, has welcomed Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s recent remarks in which he stressed Alevi-Sunni brotherhood amidst an ongoing debate over the naming of a new bridge after an Ottoman sultan considered controversial by Alevis. In a speech broadcast on herkul.org on Wednesday, […]

Academic freedom at universities under growing threat

Süleyman Yaşar, a former columnist at the Sabah daily who has a broad vision regarding the economic policy of the current government, was fired from the outlet for not criticizing the Hizmet movement [the faith-based organization inspired by Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen]

AFSV Condemns Erdoğan’s Persecution of the Hizmet Movement

The push by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the Prime Minister’s cabinet to designate the Hizmet movement — also known as the “Gülen movement” — as a terrorist organization only serves to further Erdoğan’s crackdown on dissent, civil society and the media.

This is too much! [About the Lies and Slanders directed to Gulen movement]

Prime minister said during the fourth ordinary general meeting of the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) in March of 2012:
“You are not backed by dark forces. You are not backed by the mafia, gangs, junta regimes. You are not backed by the bankers in Galata. You did not take advantage of the sources of the Treasury or public banks. You did not act according to an ideology. You did not surrender to the pressures and roadblocks. You only trusted in the people. Because you only relied on people, you are great and make this country great.”

Dismissed top editor of Zaman: We made a mistake by not objecting to the imprisonment of journalists

Journalist Abdulhamit Bilici, who was dismissed as editor-in-chief of Zaman said the Zaman daily should have kept its distance from the ruling AKP. He also said his media group made a mistake by not objecting to the imprisonment of journalists in the late 2000s.

Latest News

This notable Pocono resident has been living here in exile since 1999

Logistics companies seized over Gülen links sold in fast-track auction

That is Why the Turkish Government could Pay 1 Billion Euros

ECtHR rules Bulgaria violated rights of Turkish journalist who was deported despite seeking asylum

Fethullah Gülen’s Message of Condolences in the Wake of the Western European Floods

Pregnant woman kept in prison for 4 months over Gülen links despite regulations

Normalization of Abduction, Torture, and Death in Erdogan’s Turkey

Turkey’s Maarif Foundation illegally seized German-run school in Ethiopia, says manager

Failed 2016 coup was gov’t plot to purge Gülenists from state bodies, journalist claims

In Case You Missed It

Journalists and Writers Foundation gathers all colors of Turkey at iftar

TUSKON event to yield $350 mln in trade with Africa in one day

Kimse Yok Mu volunteer physicians bring light to eyes in Darfur

‘Building Bridges Through Education’ explores education’s role in a globalized society

Defamation campaign against Hizmet condemned by CSOs from across country

‘Fethullah Gülen and Today’s World’ to be a reference book in Eurasia

Women’s involvment in Gulen Movement

Copyright 2021 Hizmet News