HRF launches campaign protesting Erdoğan during UN visit
New York-based rights association, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), launched a campaign protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as he arrived in the city to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly, demanding an end to the Turkish governments post July 2016 crackdown against opposition voices.
The HRF hung posters in the New York subway and published a video featuring some victims of the Turkish government’s crackdown, including those convicted of links to the Gülen movement, which Ankara holds responsible for the coup, as well as former pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairman Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been jailed for links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), an armed group at war in Turkey for over 30 years.
Erdoğan on Tuesday spoke at the UN General Assembly taking place between Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, where he stressed the need for cooperation in fighting the Gülen movement, which Ankara designates a terror organisation, and its leader Fethullah Gülen.
Turkish authorities have imprisoned thousands they suspect of being members of the group, including many members of the armed forces. Many more have lost their jobs for similar reasons, whilst assets worth billions of dollars have been seized from businesses connected to the movement.