Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a Turkish politician and prime minister. Born on Feb. 26, 1954 in Istanbul, he accused the West of "barbarism" for its stance on the war between Israel and Hamas and for saying it tolerates Islamophobia.
"Israel is committing atrocities and massacres that will shame all of humanity," Erdogan told a crowded hall in Istanbul, a day before the 75th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
All values relating to humanity have been killed in Gaza. In the face of this brutality, international institutions and human rights organizations are not taking any concrete steps to prevent such violations.
The Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948, sets out a common standard of human rights and freedoms for all people in the world.
Turkey's human rights record during Erdogan's two decades in power has often come under fire for persecuting government critics and political opponents, undermining the independence of the judiciary and weakening democratic institutions.
Erdogan: A just world is possible, but not with the United States
Erdogan called Islamophobia and xenophobia, which he said "engulf Western societies like poison ivy," the biggest threat to human rights.
In the President's words, the only value to which the West clings is its barbarism.
"We see this example of the barbarism of the West in all those unfortunate events that they either supported or committed," he said.
Erdogan specifically mentioned the attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 2019, in which a gunman killed 51 people, describing it as an Islamophobic attack that was "legitimized" and "even encouraged" by the West.
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